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 build community foundation capacity, 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. This experience will carry over into their adult lives and strengthen philanthropy in our communities. YAC functions as a grant review board, evaluating and making recommendations to the Jackson Community Foundation Board of Trustees for grant requests they receive.
How Do I Apply for a YAC Grant?
YAC reviews youth related grants in 2 competitive grant rounds. These grant rounds are part of the Community Grants, which are grants up to $20,000. For information, click the following link:
For information on YAC grants, contact: Cindy Bellew, Youth Advisory Committee & Scholarship Coordinator by email at or call the office at
Who Can Participate?
The Youth Advisory Committee is comprised of Jackson County students ranging in age from 12 - 21, with the majority being between the ages of 14 and 18. JCF is committed to involving a wide range of students representing the geographic, socio-economic, ethnic and educational makeup of the Jackson community. The Committee involves approximately 25 students representing all county public school districts as well as parochial and home-schooling options.