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 participate in service projects and award thousands of dollars each year in grants to local youth-serving organizations. Read more below!
YAC DONATIONS AS OF FEB 2: $1,470!! THANK YOU!!!
ISO teens to join the YAC squad nearest you! Join the action in Lansing, Charlotte, Eaton Rapids or St. Johns.
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. For nearly 30 years, our local youth have been giving back for social good. YAC members participate in service projects and award thousands of dollars each year in grants to local youth-serving organizations.
The YAC participates in service and volunteer activities like LoveCharlotte projects, the St. Johns Rake-N-Run event, and the Wall of Love in Lansing, where YAC members assembled bags of personal supplies and snacks for anyone in need.
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) especially families affected by Covid-19.
In 2021, the YAC granted more than $52,000 to charities serving youth in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties! If your organization is interested in applying for a Youth Grant, visit the Youth Grants page.
Awareness of Teen Issues:
The YAC recently hosted an online conversation about Mental Health, presented by NAMI. Here are some of the resources presented.
Resources for Teen Mental Health:
National Suicide Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
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.
Youth Philanthropy Information
Check out this Lansing State Journal article about the Youth Action Committee!
Ready to be a community leader?
There are YAC groups in Greater Lansing, Charlotte, and St. Johns.
Please contact us with any questions.
Tracy Russman, YAC Advisor