Kellogg Youth (Youth Advisory Council)

Strengthening the Leadership and Charitable Commitment of Youth in our Community

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“It is very rewarding to see that decisions that a group of young people make can impact our peers in such a powerful way, and I feel like this is a very unique way that I can impact my community and the lives of many youth in our area.”

– Ben Lilleskov, Houghton High School junior and YAC co-president


Goal #1: Engage youth in philanthropy.
YAC Students help winterize Calumet home with coordination from the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team.

The Youth Advisory Council is part of the Keweenaw Community Foundation. Their mission is to address youth needs in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. In 1992, the trustees of the Community Foundation for Keweenaw and Houghton Counties created the Youth Advisory Committee in response to a challenge issued by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Kellogg Foundation contributed $500,000 to the Keweenaw Community Foundation to create an endowment to be managed for and by youth in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. YAC was established to identify needs, solicit grant proposals, and to make funding recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Thousands of dollars have been granted to local youth projects from the interest generated from the Kellogg Youth Endowment Fund.

YAC care

Goal #2: Engage youth in addressing the needs of local youth.
During YAC’s Spring 2016 round of granting, $15,100 was awarded to seven local organizations.

Twice per year, YAC awards grants to fund various projects in the community. The projects chosen each address areas of need highlighted by the Youth Needs Survey. Conducted in Fall 2014, the survey collected responses from students in grades 7-12 at local area schools. It found that depression, drug abuse, and harassment represented the greatest challenges to local youth. The survey also asked teens which youth programs would be beneficial to youth in the community. The majority of teens were interested in after-school activities, skill building classes, career development, leadership building, and health programs.


Goal #3: Engage youth in community service.
YAC students carrying donations from the 2015 Bedtime Story Drive. Thru partnership with 31 Backpacks, 183 students from Copper Country schools received books for the holidays.

To learn more about our Youth Advisory Council, visit the Youth Advisory Council page here.

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