Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is the Community Foundation's youth philanthropy program. The group consists of adult mentors and young people ages 12-21 from Branch County and Colon, Michigan. Together, they address local youth needs, assist in fund development activities, and direct grantmaking toward youth programs. YAC is dedicated to improving our communities by involving youth in the visioning and decision-making process and giving them a voice to shape the future. YAC is open to youth ages 12-21 who attend Bronson, Coldwater, Colon, Pansophia, St. Charles, or Union City Schools.

You and your generation have the power to make change happen, to make our world a better place, not just in the future, but right NOW! 

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YAC

Youth Needs Assessment

YAC conducted a survey of over 500 youth from Branch County to assess the issues that youth in our community are facing. YAC members will use the results of this assessment to make decisions on which youth programs and projects to fund. The top three major issues that worry local youth are below, but as you can see in the full report, young people have many other serious concerns including gun violence, family relationships, all types of abuse, homelessness, racism, teen trafficking, and more.

Mental health continues to top the list of youth issues with the top three concerns being Anxiety (64.4%), Academic Stress (62.6%), and Depression (63.8%).

Other top mental health concerns for youth included Bullying/Cyberbullying (40.4%), and Suicide (40.2%).

MENTAL HEALTH

Many teens voiced concern about the presence of inequity in the school climate between student groups with different backgrounds and interests.


 

SCHOOL CLIMATE

Teens expressed interest in providing resources and aid to underserved populations in our community as well as increasing the availability of resources for youth to learn everyday life skills and values.

 

POVERTY AND PROVIDING