APPLY NOW for the 2020-21 Youth Advisory Committee

Applications due Friday, April 17, 2020! 

Thank you for your interest in the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee! If you want to make a difference for young people, please consider applying.

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) has approximately 25-30 Emmet County students from 8th to 12th grades. Emmet County students who will be entering grades 8 through 11 in the 2020-21 school year are eligible to apply. We anticipate inviting up to 8 new students to join the Youth Advisory Committee. For the 2020-21 school year only, we will not be accepting any students attending Petoskey Middle or High School. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and encourage students from those schools to consider applying next year.

The YAC promotes philanthropy and active citizenship, in addition to representing youth in Emmet County. Responsibilities of YAC members include: important decision-making regarding the distribution of grant dollars to nonprofit organizations serving youth, working well in a group, expressing opinions, listening, and actively participating in monthly meetings on Sundays from September to May as well as two dates during the school year that take place during the school day. Participation in service projects and or grant partner site visits is expected periodically.  

Youth advisory committee members should demonstrate:

  • Commitment and Availability — Attendance at monthly meetings from September to May and participation in service projects identified by the YAC.
  • Communication Skills – A willingness to listen and be considerate of other’s input, and to be willing to share opinions with others.
  • Critical Thinking Skills – The ability to consider the merits and shortcomings of grant proposals within the context of the Community Foundation’s priorities.
  • Unique Perspective – diverse representation leads to better decision-making, so while siblings of current YAC members are eligible to apply, we must have a preference for those families not already represented on the YAC. Also, to ensure a diverse representation, priority may be given to applicants from under-represented or un-represented schools.

Click the link above to complete the YAC Membership Application. Be sure to get a recommendation from a teacher! The completed application is due in the Community Foundation office by Friday, April 17, 2020. If you have difficulty completing the online form, contact Sarah Ford, sford(at) for a paper application. 

Following the deadline, each applicant will receive an email acknowledging their application. Final selections will be made and letters will be mailed notifying applicants of decisions in late-April. Thank you for your interest!

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Ford, sford(at) or (231) 348-5820.

YAC Best Practices Manual.pdf