Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

Youth Advisory Committee Formed at The Luzerne Foundation Student Run Group to Research and Award Grants

Students from area high schools across Luzerne County have become members of a newly formed Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) at The Luzerne Foundation to learn the fundamentals and importance of charitable giving in the community.  At the conclusion of the school year, the YAC will award $15,000 in grants to area nonprofit groups.

The 19 YAC members are 9-12 grade students from seven schools and will spend the year completing assignments such as a community needs assessment, grant reviews, prospective recipient site visits and the awarding of the grants.  Additionally, the group will raise funds, plan events and solicit potential donors.

“Our goal is to teach the youth of our community about the fundamentals and responsibility of philanthropy,” noted Charles Barber, President/CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “The YAC will give them an opportunity to find out more about the needs in our community, understand the limitations of funding and enjoy the good feelings that come with making a difference.”

Download the 2017/2018 YAC Application!

Join Us For the 4th Annual Youth Advisory Committee Awards Dinner

You are cordially invited to attend The Luzerne Foundation’s 4th Annual Youth Advisory Committee Awards Dinner

This event showcases the hard work, dedication and accomplishments of the 2016-2017 YAC Group. The group will also announce the winning grant recipients from among fifteen nonprofit organizations.

When: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 5:30 PM
Where: The Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Please RSVP your attendance plans by April 25th to or call The Foundation offices at 570.714.1570.

A chicken entrée will se served. Please indicate any dietary preferences when making your reservation.

The event is free; however, any donations received will support the YAC Endowment Fund of The Luzerne Foundation and its future grant making opportunities.

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