Youth Advisory Committee
What is YAC?
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) involves youth as decision makers and leaders in the community; promotes positive youth development; and involves youth in philanthropy and volunteerism. YAC participants act as advisors to the Fund for Youth and twice per year review grant applications and recommend grant awards to benefit young people in Emmet County.
Thanks to a matching grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation more than 20 years ago, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation was able to establish the $1 million endowed Fund for Youth. Our YAC is made up of students in grades 8-12 from across Emmet County. They are part of a network of more than 1,800 young people serving on 86 youth grantmaking committees around the state. Since YACs began, more than $33 million has been granted to support youth programs across the state of Michigan.
What Are They Up To?
The 2017-18 Youth Advisory Committee meets once per month to discuss best practice in grantmaking, learn about philanthropy in our community, and discuss ways to make a positive impact. This year the YAC is focused on making a deeper connection with our grant partners, and has set a goal to make more site visits to grants they’ve awarded and volunteer in the community this year.
The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation invites Emmet County young people to join their Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) annually in February or March. YAC members are representatives of the County’s youth and are responsible for addressing youth needs by directing grant dollars to area nonprofit organizations. Members learn a lot about their community, philanthropy, and how to make decisions in a group.
Youth in Emmet County who have the time and interest to attend monthly meetings from September to May, to read grant applications twice a year, and to make a multi-year commitment should consider applying for YAC membership. New members typically join the committee at the beginning of their eighth, ninth, or tenth grade year and stay on until they graduate from high school.
Questions? Call Sarah Ford at 231.348.5820 or email.
2017-2018 Youth Advisory Committee Members:
Madi Bezilla, Harbor Springs High School
Ryan Bickel, Petoskey High School
Suzy Carpenter, Petoskey Middle School
Olivia Cerrudo, Petoskey High School
Ellen Collie, Harbor Springs High School
Jeep Damoose, Harbor Springs High School
Kayla Decker, Petoskey High School
Ella Deegan, Harbor Springs High School
Ellie Fleming, Harbor Springs High School
Asa Gold, Homeschool
Maddie Hunt, Harbor Springs High School
Ellie Jones, Petoskey High School
Thomas Kelbel, Harbor Springs High School
Mikayla Kersting, Harbor Light Christian
Annie Lesky, Harbor Springs High School
Samuel Lowery, Alanson High School
Eva Matthews, Petoskey High School
Colin Robbins, Pellston High School
Clare Simard, Petoskey High School
Paige Simard, Petoskey High School
Anna Sumpter, Homeschool
Luke Sumpter, Petoskey High School
Allyson VanAntwerp, Petoskey High School
Kyla Wang, Petoskey High School
Nadia Webster, Petoskey High School
Brynn Werner, Petoskey High School
Jaeger Williams, Petoskey High School
Isaac Wittenberg, Homeschool
Sarah Ford, Community & Donor Engagement Officer, Co-Advisor
Chris Cerrudo, Volunteer Co-Advisor