Are you a high school student seeking a fulfilling way to give back to your community while also building your resume or college application?

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2023 Strike in the Night Fundraiser

Look no further than the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) – a one-of-a-kind initiative that educates high schoolers about philanthropy, fundraising, grantmaking, volunteerism, and community service. Founded by the Foundation in 1998, YAC is often referred to as our "school of philanthropy" due to its unique approach to community betterment.

Unlike other extracurricular activities that prioritize competition or athleticism, YAC members take an active role in making a positive difference in their community. It's not about winning or beating someone

else; for YAC members, it's about feeling good about doing good. Collaboration over competition. One of the most notable projects for YAC members is the annual food drive, which benefits local food pantries and ensures that those in need have access to essential resources. Additionally, YAC hosts an annual fundraiser to raise funds for their endowment fund. The more money they raise, the more they can give back to the community through community grants. What sets YAC apart is that

the members collectively decide which organizations to support and how much to donate. This provides students with a hands-on approach to philanthropy and shows them how their actions are making a real impact in their community.

YAC student giving a presentation
YAC students present about their site visits.

YAC student leaders are truly involved in making a difference in their community. Not only do they raise funds for their own grantmaking, but they also get to play a pivotal role in the Foundation's competitive grants program. During their summer break, our YAC students visit various local nonprofit organizations that have applied for a community grant. They then present their site-visit findings to their peers and the grants committee for consideration. It's remarkable how these students get to influence these funding decisions, aiming to promote programs that best serve the needs of the community.

But YAC isn't just about attending meetings and events – it's about actively contributing to a greater cause. Members have the opportunity to work alongside other motivated students from schools all across Eastern Jackson County, including Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Truman, Grain Valley, and more! This means that YAC members will not only make a difference in their own communities but also build valuable connections with students from other schools.

As the school year begins, YAC leaders and members are excited to welcome new members to their teams. This is a non-competitive philanthropic activity that's all about making a difference in your community. So, if you or someone you know is looking for a way to get involved and make a positive impact, YAC is the perfect fit. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to become a part of something special and leave a lasting impact on our Eastern Jackson County community!

Group of YAC students standing in a line