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.
2015-16 GYAC Members include: Noah Amidon, Ashton Brimmer, Michelle Clark, Carson Cox, Alec Fowler, Jake Januzelli, Adele Kemp, Landon Kemp, Teresa Larez, Garrett Moeggenborg, Alivia Nelson, Samantha Russel, Emme Smith, Sarah Stephenson, Tom Stephenson, Lauren Tiffany, Anay Trejo, Brandon Walsh, Maddy Ward, Kamryn Weese.
Focus on: former GYAC member Joseph Sutkowi
We’re excited and proud to tell you about former GYAC member Joseph Sutkowi. He not only was one of our first middle school students to join the Youth Advisory Council, Joseph then served as its President his senior year, and after high school he was a member of the Michigan Community Foundation Youth Council through the Council of Michigan Foundations for three years. He graduated from the U of M Ford School of Public Policy in 2011. While at U of M he was the major Events Director for the Detroit Partnership, interned as a grant writer for American Red Cross and continues involvement as an officer for the Disaster Action Team for Washtenaw-Lenawee Counties. He is a founding board member of the local Young Non-Profit Professionals Network of Washtenaw County, a member of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Next Generation Philanthropists Giving Circle, and a Board member on the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra. On top of all of these volunteer activities, Joseph holds down a full time job as the Asst. Director of Foundation Relations at U of M. He said part of his job was to counsel faculty on how to effectively ask foundations like the Greenville Area Community Foundation for money!! Keep up the good work, Joseph, we couldn’t be more proud of your accomplishments, and of your ties to Greenville as a youth philanthropist.
Read a great article in The Daily News about former GYAC member Madelynne Wager. We love to see former YAC’ers doing great things!