Youth Advisory Committee
The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a group of 18-20 students from our local high schools who are responsible for reviewing funding requests and recommending grants for programs that benefit area youth. YAC members meet once a month during the school year for grantmaking, site visits to local organizations, and learning about community needs and philanthropy. The YAC is enriched by the unique perspective and experiences that each member brings to the Committee’s work.
The YAC program was established in 1991 through a challenge grant from the Michigan Community Foundation Youth Project (MCFYP) funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The YAC made its first grant in 1993 to the Boys and Girls Club for $1,500. Since then, the YAC has granted over $1.5 million and over 170 high school students have served on the YAC.
The mission of the YAC is to empower young people, involve them in the community and teach them about philanthropy while serving as stewards through granting.