AAACF's Youth Council provides high school students living in Washtenaw County with a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference in our community through philanthropy and community service.
Youth Council brings together a diverse group of students living in Washtenaw County to:
It’s a tradition that began in 1989 with a challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Both Kellogg and AAACF recognized that given the opportunity, young people can provide an important voice and vehicle for strengthening local communities. Since 1989, hundreds of high school students have served on AAACF’s Youth Council, awarding over $2 million in grants that have supported a wide variety of youth programs and projects throughout Washtenaw County.
"Youth Council has taught me to always value and consider the perspectives of others. It has taught me about the discrepancies in my community and the world. It has taught me that I have the power to make a difference."
- Charles Butz, former youth council member
Youth Council members gain a deep understanding of our community's needs and issues related to youth, our local nonprofit sector, and how philanthropy and volunteering can make a meaningful difference in strengthening our community.
Applications are currently closed, but will open in the late spring of 2024 for the 2024-2025 membership year.
Grants totaling $117,000 have been made in support of local programs and projects that have expanded opportunities for young people throughout Washtenaw County.
*To see the amount and purpose of these grants, please see our grant directory.
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Community Investment Officer
(734) 663-0401 x116.
See the full list of members dedicated to serving our community through the AAACF Youth Council.