We are pleased to have Khayriyyah MuhammadSmith on board to help plan and facilitate the 2016 Youth Leadership Conference.
In 1995, as a result of a generous gift from Dr. Russell G. Mawby, president emeritus of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Mawby Fund for Kids was established as a permanent endowment fund at CMF to promote the involvement of Michigan youth in philanthropy. The priority of the Fund is to support a summer internship at CMF for a college student who is an alumnus of a Michigan Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). The Mawby Fund for Kids Summer Internship is a paid internship focused on planning the annual Youth Summer Leadership Conference.
Khayriyyah MuhammadSmith is from Grand Rapids, Michigan where she served on the Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Committee from 2008-2012. She served on the MCFYP Committee from 2011-2014. Khayriyyah will graduate from Oakland University in April with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French Language & Literature. After spending this summer working with MCFYP on the 2016 Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference, she anticipates attending graduate school or being a teaching assistant in France next year.
Khayriyyah has most recently worked with the Foundation Center as their Youth Giving Intern. There she helps the Youth Giving team gather data and runs social media for the upcoming Youthgiving.org—an online youth philanthropy hub. Before connecting with the Foundation Center, Khayriyyah was a Program Fellow with Youth Philanthropy Connect. During this time, she had the opportunity to help support five regional gatherings across the country for other youth philanthropists in the summer of 2015. At Oakland University, Khayriyyah is involved with She’s the First*OU, a student organization that helps raise funds and awareness for girls’ education in the developing world, serves as a Student Philanthropy Ambassador on behalf of the university, and has conducted international research on a French political party as a member of the Honors College.
Khayriyyah loves spending time with friends and family, adding obsessive amounts of recipes to her Pinterest account, shamelessly singing along with the radio while driving, and learning to play her ukulele. She is very excited to be joining the Council of Michigan Foundations team and is looking forward to working with MCFYP!