Wedgwood Recipient of Youth Advisory Council Grants

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

nbThe Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council, Ionia County Youth Advisory Council, and Wyoming Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council have each selected Wedgwood Christian Services as a recipient of their annual grants.

Each area Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is made up of local teens who review all grant applications and select recipients based on the organization or project's impact on youth in their community.

The grants from each YAC will support the Children's Hope Annual Fund which makes it possible for Wedgwood to provide 100% donor-funded Transforming Services, including: Recreation & Wellness, Prevention, Manasseh Project Outreach, Employment Training, and Chaplaincy & Young Life.

Wedgwood's Transforming Services are critical to the successful outcomes of those Wedgwood serves and make a vital difference in helping individuals make the lasting improvements that truly turn their lives around. The person-centered approach of Wedgwood's Transforming Services works to restore the physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual well-being of children, teens, families, and adults in West Michigan.

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council is made up of high school students who discuss and assess youth issues prevalent in the community, review grant proposals that benefit youth in the community, and look for opportunities to engage and empower youth in Northwest Ottawa County. The YAC was established in 1991 thanks to a challenge grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Since then, over 200 students have served on the YAC, and the Youth Fund has generated almost $2 million in assets. Since its inception, the program has granted about $1.2 million to programs that address relevant, pressing issues that face area youth.
The Ionia County Youth Advisory Council is represented by high school students from Ionia, Belding, Portland, Lakewood, Saranac, Pewamo-Westphalia, and Lowell High Schools who plan, develop, and implement service-learning projects. This youth-led council hosts fundraisers for the projects they plan, develop, and execute. Each year, YAC has grant dollars to give to deserving projects and organizations.

The Wyoming Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee is made of up students from four Wyoming-area high schools. The group makes grants to programs that benefit youth in the Wyoming area, with focuses on programs or projects that address depression, getting into and paying for college, stress affecting families (divorce, job loss, financial problems) and pressure to succeed academically.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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