Congratulations to the following YACs for winning the 2012 YAC of the Year Awards at the 2012 Youth Philanthropy & Service Camp!
Community Service Project of the Year: After conducting a community youth needs assessment, this YAC found that the top issue identified was employment and economy. They chose to do a project to promote homelessness and poverty awareness in their community, through “living” in a cardboard box without any electronic devices. When asked why their project qualifies as the “Community Service Project of the Year,” this group said, “Poverty is very prominent in this county, therefore it was important to us to promote poverty and homelessness awareness. It was also a very visual, creative, and unique demonstration.” Congratulations to the Hillsdale County Community Foundation YOUTH [Youth Opportunities Unlimited Throughout Hillsdale]!
Fundraiser of the Year: In an effort to build their endowment fund, this creative group of YACers participated in their annual “Flamingo Flocking.” In the flocking process, a group of YACers meet with an advisor to put twenty to thirty pink, plastic flamingoes in a suggested person’s yard. After the family is “flocked,” they are asked to donate to the youth fund to have the flock removed and placed in another person’s yard. Congratulations to the Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation YAC for receiving the 2012 Fundraiser of the Year award!
Media Usage of the Year: The final award presentation was for Media Usage of the Year, and was given to a YAC who decided to move their youth needs assessment to an online format for the first time. This group created their assessment and administered it to 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students throughout six local school districts, covering approximately 2,000 students. Results not only helped identify different needs for different communities, but also allowed the needs of young people to be directly conveyed to school boards, administration, faculty and parents. Congratulations to the Four-County Community Foundation YAC for receiving the 2012 Media Usage of the Year Award!