One of the unique benefits of having a Youth Advisory Council in your community is that local youth get to learn firsthand how philanthropy works by being responsible for reviewing grant applications and determining which applications get funded. That also means that the community benefits by having access to local funds to support projects that directly benefit area youth ages 18 and under.
If you have a project or program geared to serving area youth that could benefit from a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grant, you can submit an application that must be post marked no later than January 15. To access the application form and learn more about YAC Grants, click here.
In 2016, the Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda County YACs awarded $15,888 to programs in their communities that benefit youth. This group is gearing up for the same great task for 2017. After a careful review and exceptional consideration, these young people determine the destination of grant funding from the Kellogg Youth Funds at the North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF).
The group also completed a new needs assessment for 2015. This youth needs assessment is conducted by surveying students at schools in Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties regarding common issues affecting youth in our communities. The issues listed on the 2015 Needs Assessment were the top ten issues noted by 315 students surveyed from NCMCF's three-county service area. This assessment is completed once every three years, and is used to assist the NCMCF Youth Advisory Councils (YAC) in determining grant awards from the Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda County Kellogg Youth Funds at NCMCF.
Not only has NCMCF's YAC been busy awarding grants, but they have managed to find time for community service, too. Crawford County YAC helped one of its own grantees with a book drive at MSU Extension; Ogemaw County YAC is working on a community activities mural and campaigning for volunteers for the Kids Against Hunger food drive; and the Oscoda County YAC worked on sending care packages to U.S. troops.
The North Central Michigan Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council is a group of young people ages 12 to 21 from Crawford, Ogemaw, and Oscoda Counties. Working with adult advisors, these youth work to improve the lives of other children in the community through the allocation of grant money. By participating in the grant review meetings to decide how the grant money is disbursed, the YAC members actively learn about the unique needs of their communities, and how to provide for those needs. They also learn the importance of philanthropy and charitable giving - traits that will affect their lives long after they leave high school.
Through this program, created by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, members learn how to meet the specific needs of their community, and it empowers them to make a real difference.
Shelley Kammer-Paulus - Crawford County
Lindsay Abraham - Ogemaw County
Kevin Salsbury - Oscoda County
Youth from Crawford, Ogemaw, or Oscoda Counties who are interested in becoming a member of the Youth Advisory Council should contact 877-354-6881.