Empowering our area's youth to create change

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Twenty-five years ago, Bay Area youth were empowered with an endowment fund they could call their own. The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) started from a match challenge by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, who contributed a total of more than $770,000 by the end of 1992.

Because it was endowed, the fund immediately began growing and distributing grants to causes that were important to the youth in our community. A quarter of a century later, the fund has grown to nearly $1.6 million and has granted out more than $1.5 million to support a wide range of exciting new opportunities and community needs. The giving amount has doubled the impact it would have made by giving the original gift to charity all at once, and the fund continues to impact youth. Recent grants have:

  • provided clothing and food to low-income families,
  • started a writing center at the Wirt Public Library through SVSU that is open to the entire community,
  • brought holiday cheer to children in the community who might not otherwise receive gifts,
  • and expanded opportunities for youth in physical fitness through local schools and organizations.

“No other place gives this opportunity to youth,” said Grace Kendziorski, 2017-2018 YAC chair. “It’s a great way to get involved in the community and make a difference.

Now, the youth are typically able to grant out approximately $80,000 a year, and Grace said this is a big draw for youth wanting to get involved. They are empowered and entrusted as leaders in the community. The Youth Advisory Committee fund will continue to grow, grant,  and empower youth to seek improvements in our community For good. For ever.

Youth are welcomed to join. To learn more, call 989-893-4438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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