In April 1998, the Board of Directors of Berks County Community Foundation approved the creation of a Youth Advisory Committee in order to give interested Berks County youth a hands-on experience in grantmaking decisions. Berks County Community Foundation strongly believes that young people should be able to participate in community decisions that affect them and their peers.
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is made up of approximately 30 high school students from different communities in Berks County. The main purpose of YAC is to involve young people in addressing the issues facing their peers in Berks County. Members of YAC have the responsibility of making decisions about the distribution of $15,000 in grants from Berks County Community Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Fund to programs and projects that serve Berks County teens.