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Youth Advisory Council: Student Philanthropists Hard at Work

Youth Advisory Council members have had a busy summer. Teams of students have been reviewing grants from local nonprofits and making on-site visits to learn more about the services the nonprofits provide and the programs that would be supported by grant funding from Truman Heartland.

YAC students provide valuable insight for our Grants Committee, but these young philanthropists learn just as much from the process.

“There’s only so much you can gain from reading about a place,” says Dominic Torres, a YAC team leader at Van Horn High School,” but to actually experience it firsthand is totally different.”

Youth Advisory Council In addition to providing recommendations to the Grants Committee, the students will award grants from their self-funded endowment at the Annual Grants Luncheon on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Adams Pointe Conference Center.

While Dominic admits that reviewing grants is hard work, he says the site visits provide a deeper understanding of the difference these programs are making in the lives of children and families in our community.

“They are truly doing wonderful things. To know that these grants will be going to an amazing cause just makes me really happy.”

Truman Heartland’s Youth Advisory Council engages 190 students annually from 13 high schools in Eastern Jackson County. YAC students gain hands-on experience in fundraising, grantmaking and volunteering. Learn more about Youth Advisory Council at

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