Youth Advisory Council
Want to Influence Funding in Your Community?
Find 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 160 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, Center Place Restoration, 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.
6 Perks of Being a YAC Member
- 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.
- Practice Philanthropy: Choose grants to receive funds from YAC’s own endowment (more at #3 below), and decide how much money to give each chosen grants.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.