"While I didn't know it at the time, the YAC [program] provided me with a foundation of skills necessary for [my] line of work and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to engage in such a rich experience as a young person." - Annie McGinnity


Program Overview

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) are the young people who guide Lead2Change grant programs. YAC members are young people ages 13-18 representing private and public schools, as well as varied socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Council members advise the board of directors on the expenditure of grant dollars for youth-led service projects in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties.

The group meets weekly to determine ways to advocate for youth service and leadership. YAC members review submitted grant proposals and select those they think are creative, viable, well organized and best meet the guideline criteria. These organizations are then asked to make presentations to YAC members. After the presentations, YAC determines which projects to fund and makes final recommendations to the board of directors.

YAC members are recruited between 8th and 10th grade and maintain involvement until they graduate from high school. The YAC participates in all facets of the organization from board meetings to varied fund development activities. YAC members and youth grantees engage in programs and activities that aim to achieve core program outcomes. Goals are measured through the development and maintenance of Individual Development Plans devised by YAC members and through pre- and post-assessments for youth leaders of funded projects.

The Process

We are looking for young people who are energetic, dedicated, and have the time to meet 15 – 20 hours monthly. Leadership development and service to our community are important components of the program.

If you are interested in participating in Youth Advisory Council, download and submit your application by the deadline. After completing the application, a representative from the YAC will contact you about your potential participation. You will be scheduled for an interview and notified of our decision.

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