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Youth Advisory Committee 2018-01-18T12:45:09+00:00
Berks County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee

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.

Additional Youth Advisory Committee Info

YAC In the News

Click on the links below to read about the Youth Advisory Committee in the news. May 25, 2018: "Teen philanthropy group awards $15,000 in grants to improve mental health among youth"   May 25, 2017: [...]

YAC Grants

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of Berks County Community Foundation makes decisions about the distribution of $15,000 in YAC grants annually. YAC grants fund projects that aid the youth of Berks County. All grants are [...]

YAC Membership Information

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of Berks County Community Foundation is made up of approximately 30 high school students in grades 9-12 from Berks County. Members must either attend high school in Berks County or, [...]

What the YAC experience is like

To learn more about the YAC experience, this unique group of teens, and the work that they do, read the following reports, which were written by a former YAC members who interned in summer 2007: [...]