The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of Fremont Area Community Foundation was recently awarded the 2017 Grant of the Year Award by the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project Committee.

The award recognized YAC for its $27,500 grant to the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone. Rob Collier, president and CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations, presented the award during the closing session of the 25th-annual Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference on June 25.

Three YAC members and two advisors from the Community Foundation attended the weekend conference at Central Michigan University, along with other youth philanthropists from across Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

The grant supports Promise Zone scholarships and a tuition-free path to college education for local students. At the grant presentation to the Promise Zone Authority Board in January, YAC member Sydney Noordyk shared that the committee was proud to support something that would directly impact the futures of Newaygo County students.

“This is one of the most exciting grants we’ve made,” said Noordyk. “The Promise Zone will have a big impact on us for years to come.”

YAC is a student-run committee focused on meeting the needs of Newaygo County youth through grantmaking and service learning. The committee is comprised of 25 high school students representing Fremont, Grant, Hesperia, Newaygo, and White Cloud public high schools as well as the homeschooling community.

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