Our Youth Advisory Council raised $2,424 at their annual fundraiser Freezin’ for a Reason on January 25th at Summit Ice in Lee’s Summit. In addition to providing a fun and safe environment for high school students on a Saturday night, Freezin’ for a Reason was an important opportunity for YAC students to gain hands-on experience in planning, fundraising and executing a philanthropic event. All of the event’s proceeds help build up the YAC Endowment Fund at Truman Heartland, which provides grants to youth-serving nonprofits in Eastern Jackson County. Students and their families enjoyed yard games, complimentary hot chocolate and chili and three spirited rounds of broom ball. In 2019, YAC students reviewed 22 grant proposals and awarded $3,000 to two area nonprofits. “The sense of leadership and civic engagement I gained through my YAC experience I never would have gained otherwise,” said Amanda Knight, YAC Truman High School graduate. “I will carry these skills with me through the rest of my life.” Now in its 20th year, YAC engages nearly 160 students annually from 11 Eastern Jackson County high schools in philanthropy. From organizing their annual fundraiser to collecting donations for local food pantries, YAC helps our next generation of leaders experience the real impact of philanthropy on lives and communities. Click Here to View More Photos from Freezin' for a Reason Looking for Volunteers? Community service is an important part of our Youth Advisory Council program. If your nonprofit organization is looking for volunteers for an event or project, connect with Lynn Oltmanns to learn how YAC students might be able to help.