FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 28, 2017

GREENVILLE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL AWARDS OVER $53,000 IN GRANTS FOR 2018

(Greenville) – The Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) and the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board of Trustees are pleased to announce grants totaling $53,318 to non-profit organizations for 2018. Grants are awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund.

Grant funding to provide counseling and education to adolescents who have been affected by addiction, covering the cost of programs and activities at a camp for special needs children and adults, support for a program that pairs mentors with young women to help empower them and increase their self-esteem and sense of value, and funds to expand and strengthen the Big Brother Big Sister program in Montcalm County are just some of the many grants awarded to a number of non-profit organizations throughout the area this year.

A complete list of 2018 grants awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund include:

• $15,000 to EightCAP, Inc. – to underwrite the cost of programs and activities offered during the summer camp which serves adults and children who have received or are receiving Special Education services.

• $7,951 to Montcalm Alano Club – Funding for a project that strives to minimize substance abuse and maximize self-advocacy through the teaching of effective life skills and self-affirming coping mechanisms at Greenville High School.

• $4,000 to Greenville Middle School – Funding to purchase a new Elliptical machine for the GMS Wellness Center.

• $3,500 to Greenville Middle School – Support to expand the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) program at GMS.

• $3,000 to Greenville High School – Support for a new program, Greenville Renaissance and Inclusion Team (G.R.I.T.), which is designed to help students with Climate & Culture, Youth Mental Health, and Recognition & Reward.

• $4,227 to Greenville High School – Supports The Lotus Project, a program that pairs mentors with young women to help empower them and increase their self-esteem and sense of value.

• $1,000 to Baldwin Heights Elementary School – Provides new, high-quality books for preschool to fifth grade through the traveling GPS Book Mobile.

• $4,000 to Walnut Hills Elementary – Funding for classroom libraries in the 4th and 5th grade Chinese Immersion classrooms at Walnut Hills.

• $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Gratiot and Montcalm Counties – Funding to substantially strengthen the BBBS program in Montcalm County.

• $2,500 to Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan – Underwrites the cost of food, lodging and support services for one of ten families from Greenville who are guests of the House each calendar year.

• $3,000 to Walnut Hills Elementary – Purchase of resources and supplies for the program, Project BLOOM, that seeks to successfully teach and encourage 4th and 5th grade girls at Walnut Hills to tackle the daily pressures they face.

• $500 to Education Foundation of Greenville – Sponsorship of the Yellow Jacket Challenge event.

The GYAC provides real life experiences for members as they participate in the grant making process and community service projects. The group has been in existence since 1993 when a challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation was secured and matching money was raised. Locally, enough money was raised to qualify for the top $1 million gift from the Kellogg Foundation to endow the Youth Fund. The GYAC members use earnings from the Fund to award grants that benefit youth-related needs in the community. Members of this very active and involved group from Greenville High School & Middle School are learning first-hand about the importance of community involvement and philanthropy. Since its inception 25 years ago, the youth have awarded nearly $772,000 to area organizations.

The next opportunity to apply for a grant from the Greenville Youth Advisory Council will be November 2018. More information can be found at the Greenville Area Community Foundation website, www.gacfmi.org, or email Amy O’Brien at amy@gacfmi.org.