Youth Action Committee (YAC)

What is YAC?

Our Youth Action Committee (YAC) brings together mid-Michigan teens to lead and serve their community. For nearly 30 years, our local youth have been giving back for social good. YAC members award thousands of dollars each year in grants to local youth-serving organizations. Read more below!

2022 - YAC members volunteered at a food distribution event in Lansing, after awarding a grant to the Greater Lansing Food Bank to help feed families during the pandemic.

ISO teens to join the YAC squad nearest you! Join the action in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton county.

Interested Students: Click HERE to submit your profile information.

Parental Permission Form can be found HERE.

What is YAC?

Our Youth Action Committee (YAC) brings together mid-Michigan teens to lead and serve their community. The YAC conducts youth needs assessments, makes grants from the Youth Fund to support programs that address these needs, and participates in service projects for youth-serving organizations. Grant award decisions are made BY youth, FOR youth.

In 2022, the YAC granted more than $55,000 to youth-serving organizations in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties! If your organization is interested in applying for a Youth Grant, visit the Youth Grants page.

2022 - YAC members working a shift at Judson Love Clothing Center in Lansing, after awarding them a youth grant for teen clothing.

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 nearly $1.2 million for local youth programs!

For nearly 30 years, our youth have been raising the bar on giving back, and developing leadership skills for social good. They engage in collective learning and action to create not only immediate impact but lasting change that will be felt for years to come.


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. Supporting the Youth Fund is a great way to ensure youth programs can continue in the tri-county region!

Youth Philanthropy Information




Check out this Lansing State Journal article about the Youth Action Committee!


Please contact us with any questions.

Tracy Russman, YAC Advisor

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