The Straits Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (SAYAC) is a group of young people ages 12 to 21 from Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. Working with adult advisors, these youth work to improve the lives of other children in the community through the allocation of grant money. Using grant funds from the Straits Area Kellogg Youth Fund, SAYAC members support programs and projects benefiting youth in their communities. Through this process, 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, SAYAC members are empowered to make a real difference.
Do you have a project or program that benefits area youth and needs financial support? Check out the Straits Area Youth Advisory Council Grants. Application deadlines are March 15 and December 15. Grant awards must be used to benefit youth in Cheboygan County and/or Mackinaw City. Nonprofit organizations can request up to $1,000 for youth programs in our service area. Access the grant application form and guidelines here.
Straits Area YAC Advisor - Jennifer Lee
"I wanted to be on SAYAC at first because I liked being involved in the community and this seemed like a fun, simple, beneficial way to help out. Being in SAYAC has taught me a lot, both about how much it can help people and my own benefit of learning how to manage money and how to determine what's most important." - Becky, Wolverine Community Schools
Students from Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City who are interested in becoming a member of the Youth Advisory Council should contact 877-354-6881.