The Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee (YAC) has $4,000 in grant funds available for Elementary School Mini-Grants for classroom projects in the greater Lansing area. Mini-Grants of up to $500 are designed to introduce young people to grantmaking and philanthropy while encouraging meaningful short-term projects that promote a positive learning environment. This year, an additional $1,500 in grant funds are available specifically for projects that encourage or promote a college positive community.
Projects should promote a positive learning environment and can take a variety forms within this theme. YAC members have identified the following suggested project focus areas:
Higher Education- visit a college campus, address overcoming barriers to getting to college, bring in speakers with various occupations and higher education degrees
Anti-Bullying- host a guest speaker, organize community conversations, develop an awareness/prevention campaign that encourages inclusion and disability awareness
Arts & Culture- visit museums or have a culture day with costumes and props
Environment & Science- build a garden, raise awareness of recycling, visit a nature center
Download the application form and guidelines to the right. Application deadline: November 1, 2013. Contact Ashley Gulker with questions.
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.
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.
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 Mini Grant Application Form 2013.pdf||31.22 KB|
|YAC Mini-Grant Guidelines 2013.pdf||28.65 KB|
|YAC Membership Application||20.44 KB|
|2011-12 Tri-County Youth Needs Assessment Results||1.41 MB|
|CRCF Grant Guidelines.pdf||32.36 KB|
|Project Evaluation Form CRCF.doc||48.5 KB|
|CRCF Request for Payment form Revised.DOC||31 KB|
|Evaluation Form for Mini-Grants.doc||187 KB|