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Youth Leadership Opportunity

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Please encourage the young people in your lives to apply for membership on the Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Youth Grant Committee!  The deadline for applying is August 1.

What the YGC does:
The Youth Grant Committee meets one evening a month during the school year to identify issues that are important to teens, to learn about programs in the community that deal with those issues, and to make funding recommendations for about $50,000 in grants to those programs that committee members feel will most benefit youth. Volunteerism and youth leadership are also important program components.

Who should apply:
Students should be incoming freshman, sophomores, or juniors attending any Grand Rapids-area high school, and available to attend meetings on the second Tuesday of each month in the evening. Help with transportation is available. We are particularly interested in recruiting additional students attending Union, Central, Creston, or Ottawa Hills High Schools in Grand Rapids.

Benefits of membership on the YGC:
The YGC is a great opportunity for them to:

  • Meet students from other schools and expand their peer group
  • Gain leadership and decision-making skills
  • Learn about youth needs and programming in the Grand Rapids area
  • Work as part of a team
  • Earn community service hours (all YGC activities count)
  • Enhance their resume for college

More information and membership applications are available at

We appreciate any help you can provide as we work to have a truly representative group of Grand Rapids' diverse youth population on the Youth Grant Committee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cris Kooyer at 454-1751, or by email:  [email protected]

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