The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of Fremont Area Community Foundation recently awarded $61,800 in grants to programs and organizations serving Newaygo County young people.

Grants were awarded to programs supporting youth facing challenges, engaging youth in social and recreational activities, and providing educational opportunities to promote leadership skills and future success.

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes was awarded an $8,000 grant for its comprehensive career readiness program. Local students will get the opportunity to hear from volunteers in a variety of fields to learn more about different industries and career pathways.

White Cloud Community Library will use a $4,850 grant to support new youth programs, purchase books, and continue popular activities like the annual Haunted Library at Halloween.

Other YAC grants will support mentoring programs, summer enrichment classes, nature exploration, and more. In total, seven different programs received funding.

Grant applications were reviewed by YAC members who come from each Newaygo County public high school and the local homeschool community. Throughout the school year, YAC members also spend time building leadership skills and learning about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

YAC grants are awarded each spring with applications due on March 1. For more information, visit