Youth Action Committees... Youth Advisory Councils.... Youth Advisory Committees... call them what you want, YACs across our state are bringing the power of a youth perspective to Community Foundation giving! For over 25 years, Michigan youth have been raising the bar on giving back and activating for social good.
As you’ll see, thanks to the hard work of dedicated YAC advisors, they are organizing and engaging in powerful ways, in communities of every shape and size. With over 87 percent of all Michigan YACs represented within this survey, this year's insights prove highly relevant and helpful to setting the context of youth philanthropy in our state.
The 2018 Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference theme was “Ignite: Fuel Action. Spark Change.” - a concept inspired by the MCFYP Committee’s goal to empower active, diverse voices. After months of planning and preparation led by MCFYP Committee members supported by CMF staff, the conference youth participants gathered June 22 - 24, 2018 for breakout sessions, team building activities and training. In addition to leadership skill building, participants discussed topics such as defining success, inspiring change, understanding mental health challenges, supporting diversity and equity, exploring personal passions, supporting philanthropy in the local community and motivation in grantmaking. The 2018 event welcomed over 300 youth, YAC advisors and speakers to Central Michigan University. Guests from Indiana, South Carolina and China were also in attendance to learn about youth philanthropy.
As you review this databook, take time to reflect on just how far we've come as a state, thanks to the original challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We hope you find the following data points helpful to your own YAC.