Initiatives & Impact

Youth Advisory Council

Want to Influence Funding in Your Community?

YAC Members at a Grant Proposal MeetingFind your voice for change with THCF’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC)! YAC was formed to involve young leaders in changing their communities through philanthropy. With more than 190 students, YAC carries a strong voice in the community. YAC is represented by the following area high schools and welcomes participation from other metro school districts: Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, Lee’s Summit West, Raytown, Raytown South, Summit Christian Academy, Truman, Van Horn and William Chrisman.

5 Perks of Being a YAC Member

  1. Review Grant Proposals—Each year, YAC members review grant proposals from programs concerned with problems like domestic violence and teen homelessness, as well as community arts programming and education. Decisions are tough but rewards are great as students change the future for their peers.
  2. Community Service—Throughout the year, YAC members are provided numerous opportunities to perform community service with our nonprofit partners. In addition to serving their communities, students experience the work of potential grant recipients and become inspired to pursue their own philanthropic goals.
  3. Leadership Opportunities—In addition to being a part of the council itself, YAC members can become a part of our leadership team. Leadership team members run team meetings, set up service opportunities, and make decisions about the direction of YAC going forward, giving each student excellent leadership experience.
  4. Fundraising for a Cause—Each year, YAC throws a fundraiser for their endowment fund, which helps support grants given to projects that help area youth. This year’s fundraiser, Strike in the Night, Give to Infinity and Beyond, was the best money-maker the students have held thus far. The event’s activities included bowling games, unlimited photo booth photos, and much more!
  5. Scholarships—Each year, graduating YAC seniors are eligible for two scholarship awards, the Henri E. Goettel Youth in Philanthropy Award and the Elizabeth Hill McClure Scholarship Award.

How are YAC Members Selected?

Recruitment meetings are held mid-year (December & January) at each high school for those interested in becoming involved. The faculty and staff at participating high schools are very involved helping THCF determine YAC membership. Potential members are expected to demonstrate leadership potential and an interest in serving others’ needs. Students interested can contact current leadership members, shown below, at any time.

Blue Springs High School Team Leaders

Rebecca Dorman
Taylor Muller
Ling Rudicil

Blue Springs South High School Team Leaders

Kadie Clark
Tori Davenport
Caleb O'Donnell

Fort Osage High School Team Leaders

Jordyn Krause
Kaitlin Evans
Skyler Murphy

Grain Valley High School Team Leaders

Sophia Barra
Evan Creswell

Lee's Summit High School Team Leaders

J.T. Cornelius
Brayden King

Lee's Summit North High School Team Leaders

Isabel Baughn
Quentin Brown
Emily Gerber

Lee's Summit West High School Team Leaders

Liz Endecott
Alex Marko
Katie Richardson

Raytown High School Team Leaders

Hanine Al Haydar
Hope Romero

Raytown South High School Team Leaders

Chris Brocker
Holly Sullivan

Summit Christian Academy Team Leaders

Kayla Kernsvaal

Truman High School Team Leaders

Maddox Dockins
Rachel Millard
Jessica Rivera

Van Horn High School Team Leaders

Bryanna Counts
Vanessa Ramirez

William Chrisman High School Team Leaders

Jose Mendoza
Jennifer Soendker

How Can I Help Fund YAC?

2 Ways to Support YAC:

  1. Give to the Foundation Fan Club to help support the expenses of the YAC program.
  2. Support the Youth Advisory Council’s Annual Endowment Fundraiser. This fundraiser supports the YAC endowment fund, which helps fund projects aiding our area youth, such as providing meals in the summer for children who normally rely on school lunches to feed them.

I cherish every moment I had, especially the opportunities to go out into my community and make a difference. I wish this wasn’t my last year in this wonderful program, but I’m grateful for the time I had.”

Holly Sullivan, YAC Team Leader

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