Youth Advisory Committee

Over 20 years ago, in efforts to increase the giving capacity of Community Foundations and to engage youth in the grant making process, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation sponsored a Youth Challenge for Community Foundations to grow youth endowment funds. These endowment funds were to be used exclusively for grants allocated by youth advisory committees for local nonprofits’ youth programming.

The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation applied for a grant through the Youth Challenge. In May of 1998, SCCF announced it had met the $30,000 goal.  The first Youth Advisory Council or YAC was established.

YAC is a subcommittee of SCCF with a permanently endowed youth fund, the Kellogg Fund. It is composed of youth members ages 12-21 who review and allocate grant dollars to local non-profits’ youth programming. YAC recommendations are reviewed and voted on by the SCCF board of directors.

Grants from the Kellogg Fund must be recommended by the Youth Advisory Council, which it does twice a year, in May and November. YAC also does community service and fund raising under the direction of its coordinator, Alyssa Mason.

Since those early beginnings, the Kellogg Fund’s balance on Jan. 31, 2020 was $154,866. Since SCCF grants only from earnings, not from principal, the Kellogg Fund has about $5,798 available for granting in 2020.

YAC members:
Back Row: Anthony Lemaster, Darren Hicks, Emilee McDaniel, Joe Barr, Matt Wood,
Front Row: Tesa Powell, Madison Schwartz


Students in Manistique High School’s biology and chemistry classes enjoyed a trip to Sutton’s Bay, MI where they boarded the Inland Seas to learn and engage in Great Lakes science. The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council recommended granting $600 to help pay transportation costs for 29 students to attend the Inland Seas Education Association scholarship program last year. The funding came from the foundation’s Kellogg Youth Fund.