YOUTH

The Future of Our Community

We believe that our youth are our future, and it’s important to us to invest resources in initiatives and programs that have a positive impact on the youth in our community. Whether you’re here to fund a youth-focused program or considering a position on our Youth Advisory Council, we’d love to hear from you!

Tri-Cities College Access Network (TCAN) is our local team of community and education leaders who support preschool to post-secondary students, as well as the nonprofit sector, government, and business. TCAN is committed to fostering a culture of career and post high school success.

Tri-Cities College Access Network (TCAN) is our local team of community and education leaders who support preschool to post-secondary students, as well as the nonprofit sector, government, and business. TCAN is committed to fostering a culture of career and post high school success.

For questions about the Tri-Cities College Access Network, please contact the GHACF office.

For questions about the Tri-Cities College Access Network, please contact the GHACF office.

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) provides Tri-Cities area high school students with a unique opportunity to give back to their community, and to take on leadership roles as representatives of their community peers.

For questions about applying for membership to the Youth Advisory Council or other youth programs, contact our Education & Youth Initiatives Officer, Lauren Grevel.

For questions about applying for membership to the Youth Advisory Council or other youth programs, contact our Grants & Program Officer, Lauren Grevel.

Youth Grant Program

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council awards grants annually to local programs and projects that help support our community youth. Programs funded by the YAC work to expand education and offer more opportunities for the young people in our community to succeed. If you’re interested in applying for a grant, make sure to check out the YAC grant priorities to ensure your program to help the Tri-Cities youth gets the funding it deserves.

Youth Impact Stories

2018 Youth Summer Leadership Conference

This summer, three returning YAC members (Habeeb El-amir, Ben Garretson, and Jackson Schulte) attended the 2018 Youth Summer Leadership Conference hosted by the Council of Michigan Foundation and the Michigan Community Foundations YOUTH Project.

Pursuing Post-Secondary Education

Last Wednesday, we celebrated this year's scholarship recipients and the donors who made the scholarships possible. Madison Miller, who received the Erickson Scholarship, and Lacey Lemke, a two-time recipient (undergrad in 2008 and now for her master's...

Excellence in Education 2018

Each May, we honor the top 10% of local graduating high school seniors, as well as the educator who contributed significantly to the student’s academic achievement. Sixty-six students were recognized from Grand Haven High School, Spring Lake High School, and Western Michigan Christian High School.