Youth Advisory Committee

YAC members attending the 2019 CMF Youth Leadership Conference



The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a youth-focused and youth-administered grant committee within the Jackson Community Foundation (JCF). The YAC program was established in 1989 through a challenge grant from the Michigan Community Foundation Youth Project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Kellogg’s intent was to establish youth as philanthropists and build permanent endowment funds to meet youth-related needs within each community. YAC addresses the needs of youth in Jackson County by awarding grants to community organizations that benefit youth. At the same time, it provides the students involved in the program an opportunity to volunteer their time and talents to better their community while developing philanthropic leadership skills and valuable experience. Since YAC's inception, they have distributed over $1 million dollars to projects that impact the youth of Jackson County! 

What is the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)?

Who Can Participate?

YAC is comprised of approximately 30 Jackson County students in 9th -12th grade. JCF is committed to involving a wide range of students representing all the geographic, socio-economic, ethnic and educational makeup of the Jackson community; including students from all county public, parochial, and home school options. The YAC Membership application will be available April 1st, interviews will take place in June. 

For information on how you can become involved with the JCF Youth Advisory Committee, contact: Cindy Bellew, Youth Advisory Committee & Scholarship Coordinator by email at or call the office at (517) 787-1321.

Jackson Community Foundation

100 S. Jackson Street, Suite 206B

Jackson, Michigan 49201

Ph: (517) 787-1321


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