Thank you for your interest in serving on the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). Our YAC was started in 1991 with the help of a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The YAC helps the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan address the needs of youth through grants to local programs and projects that promote youth leadership in our region. YAC members also learn about philanthropy, volunteerism and community leadership.
Participation in the YAC involves three essential activities:
- Review grant proposals from organizations that benefit young people in southeast Michigan.
- Visit with the grant recipients to learn how the funds will be used.
- Meet with those impacted by our outreach to help broaden our perspectives on community needs.
The Youth Advisory Committee will continue to convene virtually until further notice. Though we are currently convening virtually, you must have access to transportation if in-person meetings resume in the Fall.
Every year the Youth Advisory Committee evaluates grant applications and makes recommendations to fund grants of $5,000 – $20,000 to youth organizations in our local communities.
• We participate in state-wide leadership training opportunities, such as the Council of Michigan Foundations Summer Leadership Conference.
• We engage in learning opportunities to broaden our perspectives on needs of our region’s youth.
• We come together once a month for meetings or events.
We welcome youth from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The participation of a diverse group of committee members enables the Youth Advisory Committee to make a positive impact on southeast Michigan.
The application period is closed.
Applications will not be accepted beyond May 2, 2022, at 5 p.m.
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Minimum Membership Requirements for New Applicants:
1. Available to attend one meeting per month. We will continue to convene virtually and will resume in-person meetings and events when it is safe to do so. You must be able to secure transportation to and from monthly meetings when in-person meetings resume. Please contact us if this is a barrier for you.
2. Attend the full-day orientation in August.
3. Be enrolled in middle or high school.
4. Be a resident of Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw or Wayne County.
5. Be committed, dedicated and interested in learning about southeast Michigan.