Youth Involvement

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Guns N Hoses Softball GameThe Youth Advisory Council was created in response to requirements set forth by a Kellogg Foundation challenge. For every two dollars raised locally and placed in general and field of interest funds of the local community foundation, the Kellogg Foundation pledged one dollar, up to one million dollars, to build a youth fund. As part of that challenge, the Mackinac Island Community Foundation formed a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to address youth problems.

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The council is composed of young people and an adult mentor. The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation is set up to teach the community's youth about the importance of philanthropy. MICF makes grants for YAC members to attend training meetings and conferences throughout the state. YAC members bring their knowledge back to the Island and help its residents through grants from the YAC fund.

How else has MICF helped young people?

Through Scholarship:

In 2010 the Board of Trustees created a new Scholarship fund. The Founders Scholarship awards $2,000 a year for four years to graduates of Mackinac Island Public School. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 and have attended the school for grades 8-12. This scholarship is the first of its kind for MICF and will provide much needed assistance beyond their freshman year.

Other scholarship funds include:

Scholarship Recipients in 2016:

YAC 2016

Through Grant-making:

Youth Fund grants totaling more than $9,000 were made for such projects and programs as:

Improvements to the skateboard park
Ski Trip to Boyne Mountain
Ice skating trip to St. Ignace
Trip to a musical performance
Fun Day in the Park
Purchase books for the school library


The scholarships I received from the community foundation have incredibly benefited my education and my future in general. The extra support allowed me to focus my attention more on my education and goals rather than on financial issues. It also gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in new places, such as Big Sky, MT where I completed my mandatory 30 week internship for my degree. With this being said, I would like to take this chance to thank the community for the support! Mackinac Island is a special place and I'm so proud to call it home.

Marie Elizabeth Bunker (Class of 2011)

I am unimaginably grateful for what the scholarships from Mackinac Island have aided me in pursuing. My career goals have been made more accessible not only financially but also through the knowledge that the community I love and am so grateful to have been apart of still supports me in my endeavors. This scholarship is incredibly generous and I only hope that future Mackinac Island students see it as a gift to not only be apart of this wonderful community but as a stepping stone that helps them pursue their dreams.

Collin Armstrong (Class of 2013)