Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

Our Youth Advisory Council (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!

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 Advisory Council (YAC) surveys the needs of local youth, makes grants from the Youth Fund to address these needs, and partners with local youth-serving organizations to support and bring awareness to issues that affect teens. 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! A few are:

  • $5,000 to Child and Family Charities to start a new peer mentoring program.
  • $5,000 to Small Talk Child Advocacy Center for a cyber sexual abuse prevention program.
  • $5,000 to Eastside Community Action Center for an Off the Streets drop-in teen program.
  • $2,000 to the St Johns Basic Needs Center.

Lansing YAC members working a shift at the Judson Love Clothing Center after making a youth grant to purchase back-to-school clothing for teens.

YAC members working at a food distribution site after making a youth grant to the Greater Lansing Food Bank during the pandemic.


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 YAC!


Please contact us with any questions.

LaToya Turner, YAC Advisor

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