THCF's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) program has many unique aspects that make it a fun and engaging extracurricular activity for many area students. YAC encourages friendship and cooperation over competitive competition, encouraging teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking skills. YAC students are responsible for reviewing several youth-related grant applications, conduct site visits, and report their findings to the THCF grants committee. There are no other youth programs in the area that allow students to get so engaged in philanthropy. We are so proud of our YAC team, and their unique perspective is critical to our grant process. Recently, a YAC team from the Van Horn High School visited Angel Flight Central, a local volunteer-driven nonprofit that helps people in need by arranging charitable flights for health or other humanitarian purposes. We received a great report from the students on their experience, but even better, we received a great report from Angel Flight Central about our YAC student leaders: ' A HUGE NOTE OF THANKS for sending the Youth Advisory Council team,' Brendan Sneegas, Director of Operations and Development at Angel Flight Central, wrote. 'We cannot get over what an absolute pleasure it was to spend time with them. We have so much hope for the next generation after meeting them. Their questions and comments were amazing, and they represented themselves with such class. You should be so proud to have these amazing students representing the Foundation (as I know you are). What a joy!' We could not be prouder of our YAC students—the way they represent themselves, their schools, and Truman Heartland Community Foundation. If you know of a student who is interested in philanthropic work, needs an additional activity on their college enrollment application, or just wants to meet and hang out with like-minded teens outside their own school, please encourage them to join YAC. We are enrolling new members now. Visit our webpage to watch a short video and learn more.