MCYAC is the Youth Advisory Council of the Mecosta County Community Foundation. These young people are representatives of four schools in Mecosta County: Big Rapids, Chippewa Hills, Morley Stanwood and Crossroads Charter Academy. They began as a part of the Youth Initiative Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which sought to involve young people in philanthropy, volunteerism and community problem solving.
The mission of MCYAC is to address the needs of the youth of Mecosta County by way of granting funds for the furthering of their lives. MCYAC students a youth needs-analysis and prioritize problem areas. They also develop fund raising plans and formulate grant making criteria. The members recommend grants to youth-oriented projects that reflect the results of the needs-analysis study. The Youth Endowment Fund for Mecosta County provides the opportunity for MCYAC to make recommendations. This opportunity is a win-win program that gives young people experiences in philanthropic work, preparing them to be responsible problem-solving community members, while helping the community foundation grow.
Stacy Chaput serves as the advisor for MCYAC with assistance from Tom Tacia and Renee Kent.