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

Youth Are Creative: Arts Showcase

Our Youth Advisory Council seeks to create platforms and various avenues for our youth to express their thoughts, ideas, and opinions in meaningful and engaged ways, and they developed a Youth Arts Showcase to highlight the creative side of many of the high school students in our community.   

FAFSA: More Than Just Financial Aid

FAFSA is the federal form that college students complete to determine their eligibility for federal grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and loans. Living in Northwest Ottawa County, when I talk with families about completing the FAFSA, I often hear, “We won’t get any assistance so we aren’t completing the FAFSA.”

It doesn’t matter what your income is—completing the FAFSA is imperative for many reasons.

Our Annual Report is Now Available

Our annual report is now available! Download a PDF from our website or view the digital version online. Inside we highlight six grants from the past year, our YAC’s youth empowerment mission, countless new funds, and we even share how each team member at the GHACF gives back to the community.