The Foundation is fortunate to have its own local panel of experts that advises on the needs and opportunities facing our area youth.

Born out of a challenge from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to community foundations across Michigan, the mission of the Manistee County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is to empower young people, involve them in the community, and teach them about philanthropy while serving as stewards through grantmaking. The YAC serves as the advisory committee to the Foundation’s Youth Endowment Fund and is comprised of students from each high school in Manistee County.

In 2016, the YAC provided support for a number of area youth-serving efforts including the Manistee Community Kitchen’s Cooking for Kids Program, Bear Lake Community Service’s Food Pantry, Onekama Consolidated School’s Portage Pride Packs and the 19th Circuit Court Family Division’s Youth Diversion Program.

Each year YAC members have the opportunity to attend an annual youth grantmakers conference hosted by the Council of Michigan Foundations where over 300 youth philanthropists gather from across Michigan to exchange ideas about how they can positively impact youth in their communities.

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