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, contact our Director of TCAN & Education Initiatives Officer, Kim McLaughlin.

For questions about the Tri-Cities College Access Network, contact our Director of TCAN & Education Initiatives Officer, Kim McLaughlin.

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 Grants & Program 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

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.

TIP: How 3 Letters Helped Me Go to College

Michigan’s Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is a need-based federal government plan administered through the state of Michigan that could be one of the most valuable financial aid resources for students. To qualify, students have to have qualified for Medicaid for 24...

Helping Students Achieve Post-Secondary Success

Each fall, hundreds of local students begin their senior year of high school, and with this comes much stress about determining what their future will hold for them. Sadly, in Michigan the student-to-counselor ratio exceeds 700:1. Our high school students desperately...