Youth voice matters, too.
Video created by Angelo Hernandez-Sias
The Youth Advisory Council of Muskegon County (YAC) is a collective of 30+ youth grantmakers who represent 16 Muskegon-area high schools. This team meets monthly to allot over $60,000 to local youth-serving organizations and projects. When YAC isn’t grantmaking, it’s planning community service projects and site visits to the organizations it funds.
The YAC started up in 1989, when the W. K. Kellogg Foundation challenged Michigan community foundations to help youth give. This was the deal: if you (the community foundation) raise enough money to create an unrestricted youth endowment fund, we (Kellogg) will match your efforts so that teenagers can keep on giving, year after year. Our response: deal.
To date, the Muskegon YAC alone has awarded over $1 million to organizations in Muskegon County—part of the total $33 million given by YACs all across Michigan.
Visit the YAC FAQ to learn more about us.