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Youth Action Committee

Now Accepting Applications for New 2014-2015 YAC Members

Are you in high school? Want to get involved in making a difference in the Greater Lansing Community? Consider applying to become a YAC member. Join your peers from various schools in the tri-county area and help meet community needs by volunteering and distributing grants to area youth-serving nonprofits. YAC meets on the second monday of every month throughout the academic year (September-May) from 6-8pm. 
CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE or print the YAC Membership Application under "downloads" and submit by mail, fax or scanned to an email.
Email advisor Ashley Gulker for more information.

What is YAC?

The Youth Action Committee ("YAC") is an advisory committee of the Capital Region Community Foundation, and grants money through the Community Foundation to fund and promote programs that help youth in the tri-county area. These young people range in age 13 - 18 and currently represent 16  high schools in the tri-county area. YAC members develop team-building and leadership skills through both meaningful and fun activities.

The main purpose of YAC is to decide, as grantmakers, where the Youth Fund dollars will best be put to use to help the youth of the tri-county area. Last year the YAC granted $44,150 to non-profit organizations in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. The YAC also granted $3,630.51 in mini-grants to elementary schools.

Community service projects, that take place about every other month, are popular among YAC members.  Past activities include working at a food distribution center, serving meals at a soup kitchen and hosting holiday parties for foster children.  Through all their activities YAC members learn about volunteerism, philanthropy and community service.

The YAC is committed to involving a wide range of youth to represent the geographic, socio-economic, ethnic and educational differences in their community.

There are more than 1,500 young people from across the State of Michigan who are involved in granting money from the 86 permanently endowed youth funds established as a result of a challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our local YAC has an average of 25 members.

YAC meetings are held at the CRCF Office at 330 Marshall Street, Lansing MI 48912, generally on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m., September thru May. 

This is a fun way for high schoolers to meet and interact with their peers from other area schools, and there is no cost to be a member. All we ask is a time commitment and a willingness to help make a difference in the lives of other youth in our community.

For more information you may call the Foundation at (517) 664-9858.  To apply to be a YAC member, please download the "YAC Membership Application" (below).  After filling it out please send to the Foundation offices as instructed.

YAC Grant Applications - Annual Granting Cycles

The Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee (YAC) awarded approximately $40,000 in March in grants to youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the tri-county area (Eaton, Ingham and Clinton). The YAC reviews all applications on an annual basis and awards grants of up to $2,500. Stay tuned for information on our next regular granting cycle in December 2014.

YAC 2011 Tri-County Youth Needs Assessment

Every three years the YAC conducts a Needs Assessment to youth in the tri-county area. This information provides us with insight into the critical issues facing area youth. Data collected also informs our funding priorities, so that our grants make the largest impact in the community.

  • YAC members- click here to access the electronic needs assessment.
  •  2012 Needs Assessment Results can be downloaded below
YAC Membership Application20.44 KB
CRCF Grant Guidelines.pdf32.36 KB
CRCF Request for Payment form Revised.DOC31 KB
Evaluation Form for Mini-Grants.doc187 KB
2014 Youth Grant Application.pdf77.49 KB
YAC Project Evaluation Form.doc48.5 KB
Mini Grant Application Form 2014.pdf31.91 KB
Mini- Grant Guidelines 2014.pdf29.24 KB
Mini Grant RFP letter to teachers 2014.pdf18.57 KB
2015 YAC RFP postcard.pdf423.01 KB
2015 Youth Grant Application.docx51.85 KB
YAC Grant Guidelines.pdf36.29 KB
2013-14 YAC Attack.pdf8.78 MB