Heartland Community Foundation Youth Action Council


The Heartland Community Foundation Youth Action Council is a leadership and enrichment program for high school students, grades 10-12, in Ellis, Rooks, and Trego counties. The program brings teens together from area high schools to learn about community needs, while empowering them to be change makers. YAC members should want to make a positive impact in their communities and be eager to share ideas to help address the needs of their peers. Council members will have the opportunity to learn about generosity in a practical way – by being generous.

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The mission of the YAC is to empower youth to be involved in community decision making, to encourage active community participation, to cultivate a spirit of philanthropy, and to instill in members a deeper sense of community pride. YAC members will learn about the grantmaking process by awarding grant dollars in their communities and by developing a community project.


YAC meetings will be held during the school day once per month, for about an hour. They will rotate locations among individual high schools within each county. A zoom option will be available for students who are unable to attend in person. Twice a year, in August and January, the full council from throughout the Heartland area will come together to meet in a larger group in Hays. The group will also be tasked with developing and volunteering for a service project.