Stories of Impact
Over the last several years, the Arkansas Community Foundation has been out front in drawing young people into the philanthropic process. Youth Advisory Councils (YAC) were formulated throughout the state to serve as an entry point for young people to engage with community builders. The young people are responsible for a variety of activities including service learning initiatives, fundraising and grant making.
As the Craighead Community Foundation chapter began thinking about a local YAC program they realized an opportunity to build a partnership that develops leaders among some of the most vulnerable students in our community. This year, CCCF will partner with CityYouth Ministries to cultivate the YAC Leadership Initiative. Students who are low to moderate income and benefit directly from such organizations as CCCF will now learn about how workforce development and philanthropy are interconnected.
Throughout the project, students will visit a variety of businesses that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about. Additionally, they will work on service learning projects and will raise funds to make grants in Spring 2016. The project will focus on expanding the view of these students beyond just the block around their home. The goal of the project is to draw the potential out of these students to encourage them toward college and career readiness. The CCCF is proud to partner with CityYouth Ministries for this worthy project.