Youth Advisory Council

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What is YAC?

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is part of the Keweenaw Community Foundation. Their purpose is to address youth needs in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

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Mission Statement:

We strengthen the leadership and charitable commitment of youth in our community by providing opportunities to develop solutions to serious problems.



  • Engage youth in philanthropy
  • Engage youth in addressing the needs of local youth
  • Engage youth in community service


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. Today, there are over 1,500 young people serving on 86 youth grantmaking committees statewide. Endowment fund assets exceed $62 million and collectively give $1.5 million in grants per year. Our YAC alone has granted nearly $150,000 in funds since its inception.

Who Can Participate?

Middle and High school students (home schooled, private, and public school students) in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties are all invited to participate!

How Can Students Become Involved?

Fill out the YAC Student Application

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Contact our YAC Advisors:

Jennifer Julien    
Jennifer Julien 


YAC Meetings:

The Youth Advisory Council meets on 4-6 pm Sunday about once per month at the Keweenaw Community Foundation’s office on Quincy Street in Hancock. Please contact Jennifer Julien or Trish Sherman if you are interested in attending.



Spring 2016 Funding:

$15,100 was awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund to seven local organizations. These grants supported projects that benefited youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

The grant recipients were:

  • Finlandia University for “The Arts: An Exciting Career or Stress-Reduction Hobby?” program to show students different life paths in the arts.
  • Bay Cliff Health Camp to provide fun and therapeutic equipment for the new recreation center and help fund a new climbing wall.
  • Keweenaw Science & Engineering Festival to help host the second annual free high-impact STEM festival and to attract and educate area youth and the community.
  • Houghton Skatepark Project to help create a 3,200 sq. ft., professionally-built, concrete outdoor skatepark in Houghton.
  • Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly to fund the “Sixth Graders and Seniors Together for Good” intergenerational program designed to forge meaningful relationships between youth and the elderly.
  • Calumet Theatre Co. to provide funding for youth and family movies for July and August, 2016 in Calumet.
  • City of Hancock—Laurn Grove Park to light the Laurn Grove Ice Rink with energy efficient, bright, and safe LED lighting.

Fall 2015 Funding:

$15,100 was awarded from the Kellogg Youth Fund to nine local organizations. These grants supported projects that benefited youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

The grant recipients were:

  • Student Leadership Committee of the Copper Country ISD to assist with funding the biannual Student Leadership Seminar to be held this spring.
  • Houghton High School Softball Booster Club to assist with funding a public batting cage.
  • Calumet High School Drama Club to implement the “Acting On It: Skills Development” program.
  • Copper Country Suzuki Association for professional music instruction for youth.
  • CCISD Health Careers to purchase materials for an “Age Gain Now Empathy System” suit to teach students the importance of empathy in their future careers and lives.
  • Dollar Bay Tamarack City Area Schools to upgrade science lab technology for a new hands-on modeling curriculum.
  • Great Lakes Recovery Centers Inc. to fund the “Houghton Voices” program that helps young women through self-discovery and empowerment.
  • Houghton Keweenaw County 4-H Council to develop, promote, and expand an archery club for area youth.
  • Calumet High School SADD Chapter to support the “Give Drugs the Boot!” boot hockey tournament.

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Youth Needs Survey:

The projects chosen each addressed 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. View the 2014 full survey results here.

How Can I Financially Support YAC?

Visit the Kellogg Youth endowment page.

Visit the KCF Youth Operations Fund page.

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