Nearly 100 students from 12 area high schools make up the Truman Heartland Youth Advisory Council (YAC). These philanthropically minded student-leaders strive to impact their community by reviewing nonprofit grant proposals, planning and organizing fundraisers, making grant recommendations, and participating in community service projects. It’s an excellent way for high school students throughout the region to practice philanthropy and hone their leadership skills. COVID has had a negative impact on YAC participation, with higher-than-normal attrition rates in 2020 due to the need to move the program to a virtual format. In 2021, as students returned to classrooms and started to see their friends again, we began to rebuild. As we gear up for our April Wheels and Reels fundraiser (LINK) and all the fun activities of the Spring, our 2022 YAC recruitment is in full swing! If you know of a high school student who enjoys making a difference in the lives of others, would rather collaborate than compete, or would just like to meet other students who have the same community-focused values, then YAC may be the perfect opportunity! There are lots of perks to being a YAC member, including scholarship opportunities. To learn more, please visit this page of our website or contact the Director of Grantmaking and Donor Services .