Membership

Twenty-five high school students living in Washtenaw County serve on Youth Council and award over $85,000 in grants each year to support youth programs and services throughout Washtenaw County.

Due to COVID-19, the Youth Council will be scaling back activities during the remainder of 2020 (and possibly into 2021). Site visits and group service projects will not be taking place and all meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

2020-2021 Youth Council Members

  • Zaylah Allen
  • Cookie Baugh*
  • Celia Begossa
  • Jai Brackenbury
  • Melanie Brooks
  • Thalia Epps
  • Eva Erhardt
  • Kenya Hall
  • Kayden Hawkins
  • Alex Iekel-Johnson
  • Jaden Jackson
  • Kriya Jaiganesh
  • Beini Lan
  • Hajirah Nadeem
  • Keira O'Conner
  • Kajal Patel
  • Ella Racette
  • Emmy Rhizal
  • Matt Ruud
  • Eliza Shearing*
  • Deeya Shetty
  • Makayla Taylor
  • Alden Tewsley
  • Val von Rutte
  • Andrew Yang

 

* Denotes Representative on AAACF Board of Trustees

Membership applications are now closed.

Questions?

Please contact our Youth Council Advisor, Maryellen Ferro, Community Investment Officer at mferro@aaacf.org or call (734) 663-0401 x116.

To be eligible to apply for a position on the Youth Council a student must:

  • be entering 9th,10th or 11th grade in the fall of the application year (priority will be given to 9th and 10th graders)
  • live in Washtenaw County
  • attend 1-2 monthly meetings ranging from 3-8 hours in length (held on Sundays) at the Community Foundation Office in Downtown Ann Arbor from September -May
  • participate in a Zoom interview on September 19th or 20th
  • participate in foundation wide events as needed
  • attend site-visits, team building activities, and volunteering opportunities (Due to COVID-19, these activities will not be taking place until further notice)
  • review, score, and provide insight into between 20-30 grant applications each year (outside of meeting times)
  • be willing to commit their time. Please see the sample calendar for a better idea of what is expected.

*If getting to any events or meetings related to the Youth Council is an issue, transportation will be covered by AAACF.

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