IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) The Ionia County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) held their Annual Grant Luncheon on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The YAC is a student driven group that strives to both initiate a change in youth habits and attitudes to improve our schools and communities, utilizing service-learning and funding of projects that address local youth issues. YAC is represented by high school students from Ionia, Belding, Portland, Lakewood, Saranac, and Lowell High School.
The Youth Advisory Council is committed to addressing and improving problems concerning young people, by funding programs directed toward youth. The YAC will award monies to the following projects in Ionia County for their 2015 grant cycle: STEM Camp, Victory Games Athlete Registration, Freedom Acres Freedom Makers, IM Kids 3rd Meal, Replacement Goals for Middle School Field, WEB – Where Everyone Belongs, and Special Education Banquet.
State Farm presented a check of $38,700 to support the YAC’s teen leadership and teen driver safety initiatives. State Farm has supported YAC for over eight years, which has allowed the YAC to make a difference throughout the community and state.
IM Kids 3rd Meal needs community support by voting via Facebook: at the end of the voting phase, the Top 40 Causes will be awarded $25,000 to complete their project.