Youth Action Committee (YAC)

You don't want to wait until after high school to make a difference. We respect that.

Click HERE for a recent Lansing State Journal article about the Youth Action Committee!

Our Youth Action Committee (YAC) brings together mid-Michigan teens to lead and serve their community. YAC members participate in service projects and award thousands of dollars in grants to local youth-serving organizations. In 2020, the YAC granted more than $60,000 to charities serving youth in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. There are YAC branches in St. Johns, Charlotte and the Greater Lansing area.

Support the Youth Fund! Your donations will help the Youth Action Committee to make more grants in their local community. During your donation process, you will be asked if your gift is in honor or memory of someone. Please select IN HONOR OF and write in the name of the branch you want to support:

YAC St. Johns

YAC Charlotte

YAC Lansing

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History of YAC:

In 1991, in efforts to engage youth in the grant making process, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation sponsored a Youth Challenge to all community foundations across the state, with two requirements: 1) Raise one million dollars for a local Youth Endowment Fund, to be matched by the Kellogg Foundation; and 2) Create a local Youth Action Committee to oversee this fund and make grants for youth programs in their own community.

In 1992, the Capital Region Community Foundation met this challenge, and created a local YAC that has been active ever since, engaging young people in philanthropy. Since its inception, the tri-county YAC has granted a total of $1,120,396 for local youth programs!


The local Youth Endowment Fund is invested carefully by the Capital Region Community Foundation, to grow over time and increase the availability of grant funds each year. YAC members also fundraise to support grantmaking and re-investing in the Youth Fund.


YAC grant award decisions are made BY youth, FOR youth, to address current issues that concern youth. The most recent Youth Survey revealed that the most pressing issues facing teens in the tri-county area are:

  • Teen Mental Health (Depression, anxiety, suicide, self-harm)
  • Abuse (substance, sexual, emotional, racism, sexism, bullying, cyberbullying)
  • Stress (academic, family, social, emotional, employment readiness)
  • Basic Needs (homelessness and food insecurity)


Are you a non-profit organization interested in applying for a Youth Grant?

Click HERE

Ready to be a community leader?

There are YAC groups in Greater Lansing, Charlotte, and St. Johns.

Students: Click HERE to submit your profile information.

Please contact us with any questions.

Tracy Russman, YAC Advisor

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