The Youth Fund was established to benefit youth projects within Charlevoix County with direction from the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The YAC is made up of area teens who represent other young people when considering grant requests from local nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities. The experience for these youth grant-makers is a positive one, and one that the Community Foundation is proud to offer in Charlevoix County.
Photo: Young people at Camp Daggett kayak on Walloon Lake.
Through the YAC, the Youth Fund has made investments in the quality of life of area children since 1994. Many grants have focused on providing access to opportunities for young people, such as MSU Extension 4-H recreation programs, water safety and learn-to-swim classes through the Charlevoix Area Pool, and mats that allow those with physical disabilities to enjoy ski slopes and the beach with Challenge Mountain. Friends and neighbors in need have also benefitted from the Youth Fund through grants to Good Samaritan Family Services for cribs and car seats as well as weekend food bags through the Manna Food Project. Some grants have intended to improve school culture, eliminate bullying, and motivate students. Others, like pickle ball courts and equipment at Camp Daggett, are just plain fun.
Because the Youth Fund is endowed, it will continue to grow and provide grant dollars for these kinds of programs and projects and more, both now and into the future. Contributions to the Youth Fund join together, resulting in greater impact for this community we love.