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

2017-18 Youth Advisory Council

The school year’s just begun, but the 2017-18 Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is already in full swing. Six new members joined 14 returning members, and they represent Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and West Michigan Christian High Schools. YAC members meet during the school year to discuss and assess youth issues prevalent in the community, as well as to review grant proposals made to benefit youth in the community.

What is YAC

    Guest post by Christina Byrne, GHHS senior and YAC member The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of twenty high school students from Northwest Ottawa County who are passionate about learning about our community and investing in programs that will...

Celebrating Academic Success

Scholarship fund holders and the students who received their scholarships gathered at the Spring Lake High School for conversation, refreshments, and reflection. In a change from previous years, we invited all 2017 scholarship recipients so they could meet their donors.