Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 2:00pm EDT
Central Michigan University-Kulhavi Hall, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Members: $125.00
Non-Members: $175.00
Member discount will be applied during checkout.
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YAC ADVISORS: Before you click the "register now" button, please make sure
you've completed the steps below in the Registration Process section.

Get ready for an exciting weekend of youth philanthropy with breakout sessions, speakers and fun activities! Join us and YACers from around the state for the 27th annual Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference. The conference theme this year is Spectrum: Different Together.  Don't miss out on this engaging weekend of empowering lessons, best practices, strategies to deepen your grantmaking skills and connecting with more than 300 youth grantmakers from around the state!

The conference is planned and facilitated by the Michigan Community Foundations' Youth Project (MCFYP) Committee. Youth Advisory Council members associated with community foundations around Michigan and the U.S. are welcome to attend with their advisors.


Robert Anthony, founder, Limb Possible

Robert was born with a birth defect called "Fibular Hemimelia" which led to an amputation at 10 months old. Growing up was not easy for Robert who did not have a consistent father figure, was a victim of abuse and experienced a house fire that changed his life. Now a father and a husband, Robert turned his test into a testimony. He has traveled across the country speaking at conferences, for corporations and to over 60,000 students. Robert currently travels the world with his nonprofit providing prosthetic legs for under privileged amputees. His message is "Lead With Love" and with a Positive Mental Attitude "Anything’s Possible". Robert is also a U.S.A Amputee Soccer player, U.S.A Sitting Volleyball A2 player, Para Spartan Competitor and much more!

Mackenzie Price Sundblad, executive director, Huron County Community Foundation

Mackenzie began her tenure as Executive Director of the Huron County Community Foundation in 2014 at age 21. Her involvement in community foundations started in 2004, when she joined the Hillsdale Community Foundations Youth Advisory Council. Mackenzie also served on the Michigan Community Foundation's Youth Project and worked at the Council of Michigan Foundations as the 2013 Mawby Intern.

Since 1995, InsideOut Literary Arts has helped nearly 60,000 of Detroit’s youth build their literary and academic skills through creative writing. “When we write we are bringing what is inside of use out into the world.” As Detroit’s largest and oldest literary non-profit, InsideOut now serves more than 100 classrooms and community sites annually. Their professional writers continue to help students experiment with words and learn that each unique voice matters - that there is power in “brining the inside out.”



Step 1:  Advisors need to make sure all youth and advisors attending conference are in our system prior to registering.  Download Instructions Here  This step needs to be completed prior to online registration.

Step 2:  Once all advisors and youth are added through Step 1 advisor can register themselves, other YAC Advisors, and their youth participants.  Put the number of people you are registering in the quantity box before you click the Register Now button. During the Checkout process you will select each person you are registering, including yourself.  Have the following information ready to enter: Parents Full Name - Parents Email (unique to each parent) - First time attending? - Gender - T-shirt size

Step 3:  After registration each individual will receive an additional email (other than registration confirmation email) within 2-3 business days with the link to the necessary forms and waivers that need to be filled out and returned to CMF by June Tuesday 4th.

Step 4:  The registering Advisor will also receive a confirmation packet via email prior to arrival at Conference.  These electronic confirmation packets will include: copies of the forms referenced in Step 3, an Agenda, Packing List, Conference Contacts and Directions.


  • Youth must be accompanied by an adult advisor in order to attend the conference.
  • It is expected that adult advisors be the first point of contact for their youth participants.
  • Adult advisors may not attend the conference without youth participants.
  • Youth participants must be enrolled in high school for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Adult advisors will be responsible for youth participants, including conducting bed checks at the end of each night. 


CMF Members: $125
Nonmembers: $175
(Includes all meals, snacks, programming & housing)

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2019  Cancellation Policy: No refunds available after May 31, 2019


Programming: Olivia Henry via email or call 313-566-2444
Registration: Denise Temple via email or call 616-850-2136

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