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WHO – Approx 30 students, 8th-12 graders in Jackson County



  • Grant annually approximately $20,000 for:

       -Youth Mental Heath

       - Mini-grants for small classroom projects

       - Grants for youth related programs

  • Volunteer in Jackson County

  • Develop Leadership Skills


WHY – Make a difference! Be a part of a fun, diverse, youth-led leadership group impacting our community by funding youth supported programs and volunteerism.

WHEN – Meetings are typically twice a month on Monday evenings during the school year


Our history...

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! 

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

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