The YAC is the Youth Advisory Committee of the Huron County Community Foundation. Their role, as the youth component of HCCF, is to be the voice for our county’s young people. The YAC is also responsible for the use of the Youth Activities Fund, a permanent endowment at HCCF. They use this endowment to fund the YAC operations and give grants to organizations impacting the lives of Huron County youth!
The YAC’s year begins in August at their retreat. During a summer afternoon, the students participate in teambuilding activities, begin to schedule out their year, and elect officers. This year, the YAC chose seniors Halle Keim and Sara Wehner to represent their group as Co-Chairs.
Fund development, community service, and grantmaking are all projects that the YAC undertakes each year. This year’s fund development project was piggy banks. Each student received a small piggy bank for their (and their parents’!) spare change. The change was then matched by an anonymous donor, yielding nearly $2,000 to add to the endowment! In March, the YAC joined forces with Fleece and Thank You, a Michigan based nonprofit, that provides hand-tied blankets to children in hospitals throughout the state. The YACers worked together to make blankets during one of their monthly meetings to provide a pop of color, feeling of warmth, and piece of home to children receiving treatment in our state.
The YAC gave out grants two different times during 2017, in May and November. Their two largest grants went to the Huron County CAN Council to support the opening of a Child Advocacy Center and to Scheurer Hospital to support their Mental Health Matters program and THRIVE support group. See all of the YAC grant projects here.