YAC 2016-17


Youth Advisory Council

The Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) provides high school students with a unique opportunity to give back to their community. 

The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of approximately 25 students from the Tri-Cities area and during the school year they meet to discuss and assess youth issues as well as review grant proposals to benefit the youth in the community. 

Established in 1991 with a challenge grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation over 200 students have served on the YAC and the Youth Fund has almost $2 million in assets and has granted out about $1.2 million since its inception. 

Belonging to the Youth Advisory Council is a privilege for the student and their work positively impacts our community and creates opportunities for youth today and in our future. 

YAC members benefit by:


    • Gaining decision-making skills and working as a group to award grants benefiting youth in our community. 

    • Participating in a state-wide youth leadership conference - with focus on philanthropy and service. 

    • Learning about the needs of youth in the community and providing perspective on these issues. 



YAC Video

Click here to check out the video highlighting the work of our Youth Advisory Council.



We are currently accepting applications for new members for the 2017-2018 school year. If you’ll be a sophomore or a junior in the fall and are interested in joining the YAC, please complete an application. We have 6 available spots for new members. The deadline for receipt of the applications is May 26, 2017. 

Download the application HERE or fill out ONLINE.

The timeline for the selection process is as follows: 

May 27 – Applications Due


Week of July 11 – First Round of Interviews for Selected Applicants


Week of July 18 – Final Interviews for Selected Applicants


Week of July 25 – All Applicants Notified of Decision


August 18 – New Member Orientation


If you have any questions about YAC and the work they do, please contact Lauren Grevel at lgrevel@ghacf.org

YAC Information Sheet [PDF]

YAC 2017-2018 Application [.docx]



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