Youth Advisory Council
The Youth Advisory Committee was established in 2002 as an initiative from the Thomas Sill Foundation to encourage youth philanthropy and volunteerism. The Thomas Sill Foundation contributed $2,500 for 3 years $1,000 for operations and $2,500 for grants. The BPCF had to agree to continue this initiative for an additional 3 years. The YAC distributed their first grants in 2003. The BPCF Board decided that this initiative was a very worthwhile commitment and continued their commitment of $2,500 a year since 2005.
The Beautiful Plains Credit Union has donated $1,000 to the Youth Advisory Committee for operations from 2009 – 2020.
The vision of the Foundations both Thomas Sill and the BPCF was that the youth involved in YAC would develop the following skills:
- Develop a good understanding of charitable organizations in the community and their needs through site visitations and interviews
- Develop evaluation and critical thinking skills
- Foster an interest in volunteerism and philanthropy
- Develop team building skills
- Ability to listen to individual opinions and come to a consensus through discussion
- Fundraising and marketing skills – raffle at Christmas with Funds going to Salvation Army to support Christmas Cheer
The YAC is a nation-wide initiative to which many Community Foundations in Canada provide funding. The Youth Advisory Committee of NACI runs from September – June.
The YAC program would not be possible without teacher supervisors of Mike Adams and Dawn Birch.
In 2018, with a generous donation a scholarship was established a to be distributed to a member of the Youth Advisory Committee that has been part of the committee for 2 years.