Youth Advisory Committee

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a special project of the Otsego County Community Foundation made up of student representatives from Otsego County high school districts and two adult advisors.  Members of the YAC focus on issues that affect young people and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the distribution of grants to promising projects.

The Otsego County Community Foundation created the YAC in 1994 in to meet a statewide challenge by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  Kellogg guaranteed to match funds raised for youth 2:1 up to a million dollars over five years.  (We received $1 for every $2 raised in our community.)   The YAC was established to oversee a permanently endowed Youth Fund and to make grant recommendations to our Board of Directors.   Since its inception, the Youth Advisory Committee has granted more than $18,500 to local youth projects.

The YAC meets monthly during the school year to learn about the needs of young people in Otsego County.  These dedicated students attend training sessions, review grant proposals, participate in site visits to grantee organizations, make grant recommendations and perform community service.

To learn more about YAC or join, please call  Karin Beyer at the office  989-731-0597  or fill out the Membership Application.