Through an opportunity provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, GACF was able to start an arm of our community foundation in May of 1993 to specifically provide youth participation in philanthropy. That group is called the Greenville Youth Advisory Council or GYAC. Locally raised funds combined with matching funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides an endowment fund of over $1,000,000 for the GYAC to use to award grants that benefit youth related needs in the community. Members of this very active and involved group come from Greenville high school & middle school and are learning first-hand about the importance of community involvement and philanthropy.
The three “E‘s” of the Greenville Youth Advisory Council’s mission is to make a difference by Empowering youth, Enhancing life and Enriching the community.
The GACF Board of Trustees, GYAC Advisors and staff strive to mentor the members of the GYAC in hopes of sharing their experiences in the non-profit world generally and in philanthropy as a facet of a successful, fulfilled community citizen, specifically.
The YAC Advisors are Emily Mason and Hollie Stephenson. Emily Mason can be reached by email or phone at 616.225.1000 ext. 8305, and Hollie Stephenson by email or phone at 616.225.1000 ext. 8121, with questions on how to become a YAC member or how to apply for a grant.
2013-14 GYAC Members include: Alexander Amidon, Noah Amidon, Megan Ayres, Brandon Brom, Mikayla Davis, Alec Fowler, Rebekah Hamman, Jake Januzelli, Adele Kemp, Landon Kemp, Teresa Larez, Hailey MacMillen, Garrett Moeggenborg, Evan Plate, Jake Rasmussen, Megan Rich, Wanda Sankey, Tom Stephenson, Brianna VanHouten, Kameron Walter.
To download a copy of the GYAC grant application in Microsoft Word format, click on the link below.
The next deadline for applications to the GYAC is November 17, 2014.
Read a great article in The Daily News about former GYAC member Madelynne Wager. We love to see former YAC’ers doing great things!
Some of the 2013-14 GYAC members and sixth grade student Shelby Stowe participated in the MLK Make-a-Difference Day on January 17th at the H.O. Steele Building. H.O. Steele is home to the I’M Kids Food program, a new feeding program providing sack suppers to children in Ionia and Montcalm Counties. The GYAC provided grant funding in December of 2013 for the walk-in cooler for the I’M Kids Food program. GYAC members in attendance were enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage in this special day of service, and to see first-hand the impact of one of their recent grants. Good job YAC’s! We’re proud of your many contributions to this community!