Arkansas Community Foundation created the Youth Advisory Councils (YAC) program in 2002 through a grant provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Since then, 20 chapters have been established throughout the state. The purpose of the program is to develop young philanthropic leaders that address the needs of youth in their local community. YACs are primarily high school students who want to make a difference. Members learn about philanthropy and effective charitable giving. They research the needs of youth in their communities, decide which youth-oriented organizations they want to support, and volunteer their time toward community work.
Each chapter has a charitable endowment, which is a type of investment fund. The profits from their endowments are given to organizations they wish to support in the form of grants. A grant is a monetary “gift” given to support a particular cause. Each group raises money to increase the funds in their endowment to help ensure funds will be available for future YAC students to make grants in the years to come. As the endowment grows, the groups are also able to grant larger sums of money to the charities of their choice, helping to create greater impact in addressing the needs of youth in their community. YACs are also dedicated to serving communities through community work or what we like to call “service projects”. Service projects allow members to volunteer their time and talents by taking a more hands-on approach in the community. In the past, YACs have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America’s Backpack for Kids Program, Magnolia Specialized Services, Operation Shower and Relay for Life.
Our annual YAC Attack is a great event that gives YACs the opportunity to learn more about community and philanthropy. This statewide annual conference draws all YAC chapters from across the state. YACs really enjoy this fun-filled weekend! Groups have fun connecting with one another. They share fundraising ideas, enhance their skills in philanthropy and discuss ways to have the most impact in their communities.
Join the Youth Philanthropy Movement in Arkansas!
If you’re interested in making a difference in your community, we’d love to have you join us! There are 20 YAC chapters throughout the state. Find a YAC nearest you!
If there’s not a YAC in your community but you think there should be, let us know! We may be able to work together to get a group started. Click here to find out how to get one started or contact Chris Love at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YAC has teamed up with individuals and organizations that are hands-on in the community. These individuals/organizations are committed to serving communities; especially youth. Please feel free to contact them and utilize them as resources!