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Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference #1

Event Details


9 am - 3 pm EDT


Central Michigan University


CMF Members: $85
Nonmembers: $125


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About the Event

Reunite with YACers and YAC advisors from around the state for the exciting return of the Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference! The 28th annual conference theme is Re-Up: Reflect. Reimagine. Respond. Get ready for an exciting weekend of youth philanthropy with breakout sessions, speakers and fun activities! Don't miss out on this engaging weekend of empowering lessons, best practices, strategies to deepen your grantmaking skills and connecting with youth grantmakers from around the state! The conference is planned and facilitated by the Michigan Community Foundations' Youth Project (MCFYP) Committee.

The MCFYP Committee and CMF have designed this year’s in-person conference with a health and safety-first approach. Informed by health experts and local and state guidance, the event will be divided into two separate 1.5-day conferences to allow for more adequate physical space for engagement, support stronger cleaning protocols and help to create an overall safer environment for all attendees. There will be an opportunity for all attendees to come together for limited main stage programming including The Diatribe and YAC Awards.


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Additional Information

  • YAC members associated with community foundations around Michigan and the U.S. are welcome to attend.
  • 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.
  • Youth participants must be enrolled in high school for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Adult advisors will be responsible for youth participants, including conducting bed checks at the end of each night.

R Gleason

R Gleason


Gleason is a dynamic spoken word artist whose performance style is described as a balance between humor--an understated wit--and gospel/evangelical inspired charisma. Gleason’s poetry has been commissioned by both local and national organizations, published in Chicago magazine “Curbside Splendor” and has been featured on WYCE’s Electric Poetry several times. Raised in a strict fundamentalist church, much of their art stems from the intersection of faith and sexuality. Their coming out story was highlighted on NPR in a series about identity, acceptance, and forgiveness in West Michigan’s LGBT community. Gleason is also a singer/songwriter with a simplistic style and a unique, powerful voice. They perform stand up comedy and acts in sketches with Grand Rapids’ beloved all female comedy collective, Funny Girls, LLC. They also are the Director of Education and co-founder at The Diatribe, a non-profit organization in Grand Rapids dedicated to uniting and inspiring the youth through spoken word poetry.

Fable Price

Fable Price


Fable is a Bi-racial North American writer, teaching artist, community advocate, motivational speaker, and executive director of non profit organization The Diatribe. Fable is the 2016 recipient of a Community Advocate Award, a 2017 40 Under 40 Honoree, and is the currently holding the title of Poet Laureate. He is the author of “Adrift in a Sea of M&M’s” (2016) and is currently working to finish his second collection of poems titled Metamorphosis; an extroverted caterpillars guide to becoming an introverted butterfly (2019). Fable is the first person under the age of 40, and the first person of color to have earned the title of poet laureate of Grand Rapids Michigan; a three-year tenure with already measurable successes achieved within the first year. Fable is highly noted for his work with the youth through his non profit The Diatribe; using his own stories to consume the audience and is making a huge effort in lifting up youth across the country encouraging them to unpack their own struggles. He is known across the nation for crowd-interactive features that leave those attending enlightened and empowered.

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