July 2022 Blog | Youth are our Future
Community foundations are more that money givers, they also serve as conveners for important community meeting, help build teams of organizations to solve problems, and serve nonprofits. We are always looking at the future needs of the community and the quality of life of our citizens.
The next generation are the most important and most affected stakeholders when talking about our future.
Our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) are encouraged to become volunteers and even donors from an early age. It also teaches the importance of generosity, being good stewards, and serving in our Community.
Students in 9th through 12th grade have the opportunity to join this group that encourages student leadership, volunteerism and community giving by engaging young people in decision-making and funding to address key youth issues in our community. It encourages youth involvement in philanthropy, and provides ways for local young people to act on issues and challenges that are important to them.
In the spring of 2022 the Youth did a Youth Needs Assessment, the top issues were quite alarming to the Youth Committee. They immediately discussed meeting during the summer to look at these issues and have a plan to addresses at the beginning of the school year (September). The students will pick 3 to 4 priority issues facing youth today to address. They plan to work in collaboration with school officials to make a positive impact on some of the top concerns.
This is the significance of working with youth; they are going to grow up to be local leaders, the next generation of giving, the next generation of addressing the needs of the community, etc.
Youth are our Future.
The Youth Needs Assessment, the survey was presented to Rotary Club of Cadillac, Cadillac Area Public School Board, Human Service Leadership Council, and the Cadillac Area Health Coalition.

Happy July! Doreen