Just What Is a YAC (Youth Advisory Committee)?

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Library / Technology
Social Studies
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Focus Question 

Focus Question: How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good? 

Unit Overview 

Through literature, students recognize that everyone can be a philanthropist by sharing time, talent, or treasure for the common good. They will listen and respond to a presentation given by a member of a Community Foundation (a Youth Advisory Committee member, if possible) and write a grant proposal.

Service Experience 
The students will participate in a community service project that will be determined by the class.
Lessons in This Unit 
Just What Is a YAC (Youth Advisory Committee)?
Lesson 2 of 5

The class will review the list of possible service projects from the previous lesson and those that they gathered with their families. After working in small groups, they will narrow the list to one or two projects through consensus. The teacher will explain that there are organizations that can help fund service projects. Letters (or a phone call) will be written to invite a local Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee member to the classroom to explain their purpose.

Note to the teacher: Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committees exist to establish youth as philanthropists, and to build permanent and growing funds within each community to meet local youth needs. They support youth as valuable resources and decision-makers in communities, and establish important statewide ties to service, volunteerism, philanthropy, and service-learning. There are Youth Advisory Committees in most areas. You can find a list on the Internet by searching under “Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committees.”