The Campbellford/Seymour Youth Advisory Council was formed in 2003. YAC was created in an attempt to bring youthful energy and ideas to the Campbellford/ Seymour community. In turn, YAC provides local youth with a voice and a forum. YAC members provide guidance to the Foundation Board on grant applications to the Children and Youth Recreation Endowment Fund for worthwhile youth projects in the community.
The impact of YIP is far-reaching:
The CSCF YAC operate as a Campbellford District High School youth committee and a new council is formed at the beginning of each school year. With the support of an adult advisor from the CSCF Board, and a teacher advisor from the High School, YAC`s initiate youth driven ideas and develop youth to youth grantmaking strategies. In addition to training and experience in fund development and grantmaking, YAC members serve as active resources and leaders in their school and their community.
One of the core YAC activities is the Helping Assure Tomorrow's Charitable Hearts (HATCH) Grants Program. HATCH grants are used to develop projects that are important to elementary and high school students. Students are encouraged to use their imaginations, their hearts and their brains when developing good project ideas that could benefit the environment, the arts, or sports, recreation and education in our community.
On June 30, 2005 the Youth Advisory Council, in partnership with Westben and CDHS Jazz Ensemble, launched its new logo. The logo was designed by Kayla Vieth, a local youth and member of YAC who won a design contest.
Other Youth Advisory Council activities have included:
The “We Day” Conference
Halloween for Hunger
Campbellford Children’s Wish Campaign (Toy Drive)
Ambassadors for the Campbellford Celebrates Kids & Youth Day
Earth Day Clean Up
Amy-Jo Doherty - Board Advisor