Fundraiser of the Year: Hillsdale Y.O.U.T.H hosted a “Rock-A-Thon” to raise money for the youth endowment
“The more money we add to our endowment, the more we can give back to benefit our community. Every dollar raised by members goes back to the community in some way.”
Community Service Project of the Year: Keweenaw Community Foundation YAC
“We created the Bully Backfire game…We designed and painted five 9 x13 foot, life-sized game boards which the students walk across using themselves as the game pieces. It is similar to the game “Candyland” only that the cards the students choose ask them questions regarding bullying. If answered correctly, the students may proceed. After playing the game, we have a discussion with the students and ask them to recite the anti-bullying oath.”
Grant of the Year: Grand Haven Community Foundation YAC granted to the Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative
“[The Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative] helps these young adults obtain employment, education, housing, and financial literacy, as well as placing an emphasizing the importance of community engagement. Through frequent group support meetings, volunteer opportunities, and educational experiences, the youth learn to be self-sufficient contributing members of society.”
Lenawee YOUTH council granted to the Madison Interact club. This group of students hosted Prom for the students with special needs who are cognitively impaired.
“Prom is a rite of passage for many, but often these students are not included. A special prom held a few weeks after the traditional prom is held for the CI students, and the Interact students.”
Media Usage of the Year: Ann Arbor created two promotional videos.
“Ann Arbor lost its daily newspaper in 2009 and with it we lost our best recruiting vehicle for Youth Council. We brainstormed and decided that social media would be the most efficient way to make up for the lack of the Ann Arbor News and diversify how we reached our applicants. Through funds from the Community Foundation and a self-grant, the Youth Council was able to make two videos: a branding video explaining who we are and what we do and a second, more in-depth video showing a year in the life of Youth Council.”
Hillsdale Y.O.U.T.H created a lip dub music video.
“This project was inspired by a lip dub created by the MCFYP Committee. We wanted to find a way to increase the awareness of the YOUTH in the community, to show who we are and what we do. After choosing a song and getting permission from the publisher to use it, we partnered with a local videographer who donated his time to filming, producing and editing the video…We got our name out into the community, to people who did not have previous exposure to our YAC. We increased awareness of our committee as a whole, our grantmaking and our community service projects.”