5 Inspiring Quotes From Our Youth Advisory Council Graduates

Every year, the Community Foundation holds its annual Senior Dinner to celebrate the graduating seniors from our Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The evening consists of speeches from each student as they tell us about their most memorable moments in YAC, as well as the lessons they learned.

On May 23, 2018, our latest class of graduating seniors gathered to celebrate their final days as high school students and look toward the future. Among the laughs and memories, our students shared some thoughtful words of wisdom about philanthropy and community that we would like to pass onto you.

“My experience in YAC truly taught me the value of philanthropy. Seeing the individual lives we affected, interacting with the caring organizations hopeful enough to believe that their efforts can make a difference, and interacting with my peers who have that same hope inspired me to look past the option of apathy and instead, inspired me to give my time to a progressive coalition of exceptional individuals.” – Nicolette Bowman, William Chrisman

“Recently I interviewed for UMKC’s Trustee Program where I plan on studying Biology and Chemistry and I was one of seven people chosen. I believe my unique experience with YAC was one of the things that got me my first interview. YAC helped me improve my communication skills and confidence and ultimately, I can confidently say that the skills I learned in YAC helped set me apart.” – Tim Nguyen, Lee’s Summit West

“Being in YAC and doing community service helped me find my passion in life and ultimately pick my major. I love being able to give back and by becoming a teacher I’ll be able to give back every single day.” – Katie Olger, Truman High School

“Before YAC, I didn’t realize that I could have a voice in the community. In a world where it seems like so many people get shut down, and young people don’t have a voice yet, YAC taught me that my voice and my opinion matters. I’m so proud to say that I was here. I made a difference in my community and that’s what I’m most proud of.” – Lexi Holder, Blue Springs South

‪“I learned so much during my time in YAC. I learned about the amount of effort it takes to accomplish things in our community and I learned about all of the organizations that work every day to get the job done. YAC taught me that community service is not just a responsibility, it’s a privilege. And I’m thankful for the opportunity to give back.” – Emily Gerber, Lee’s Summit North

The incoming 2018-2019 Youth Advisory Council class consists of 190 students from 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, Truman, Van Horn and William Chrisman. The YAC program is supported through THCF's Annual Foundation Fan Club and community sponsors. 

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