Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

Over ten years ago, W.K. Kellogg Foundation conceived a fruitful idea to help seed community foundations throughout Michigan if the local Foundation agreed to establish a permanent youth fund and a Youth Advisory Council (YAC). They wanted to help create a strong philanthropic training ground for youth and in a few short years over 86 YACs were formed across Michigan. The goal was to help young people learn generosity and leadership and at the same time build stronger and more caring communities.

The Manistee County Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is comprised of approximately 20 high school students representing each of the county's six school districts.  The YAC governs the Manistee County Youth Fund, advises on grants out of the fund each year, and performs community service. This special group of young people are Manistee County’s own local panel of experts regarding youth issues who provide recommendations to the Manistee County Community Foundation board of directors about grants to be awarded from the fund each year.  Most importantly, the Manistee County YAC provide an ongoing source of support for programs and services for our County’s youth.

YAC Grants

Grants awarded by the Youth Advisory Council are selected to meet the needs of Manistee County’s youth.

In 2014 the YAC awarded the following College Positive Communities grants:

  • $1,550 to Manistee Area Public Schools to support Camp Invention, a STEM summer program targeting 1st - 6th graders in Manistee County.
  • $1,000 to West Shore Community College to support Steps to Success program targeting Manistee County juniors and 8th graders.
  • $450 to Benzie Central Schools to support college visits for 9th graders (a portion of their students are from Manistee County)


In 2013 the YAC awarded the following grants:

  • $400 to Manistee County Child Advocacy Center to support training for PFLAG Manistee in support of Anti-Bulleying Programs
  • $100 to United Way of Manistee County to support Prom Boutique


A partial listing of prior YAC Grant Awards include support for:

  • Equipment for a new preschool classroom at Madison Elementary
  • The Manistee Intermediate School District for balance equipment to assist children with physical disabilities
  • Staircase Youth Services for Summer Youth Programs
  • District 10 Health Department for Girls on the Run
  • Each Manistee County school district to address priority unmet needs
  • The Manistee Intermediate School District's Exploring Arts Partnership with Very Special Arts
  • The Manistee Intermediate School District’s “From Cowpokes to Careers”
  • Youth as Partners in Mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • The Conservation Resource Alliance’s 4th Annual Youth Fly Fishing Seminar