Battle Creek Youth Honored For Public Service
The Battle Creek Youth Alliance Committee has again been recognized for their service to the community. Here is the announcement from the Battle Creek Community Foundation:
|Battle Creek Youth Alliance Committee Brings Home State Honor|
|2015 Service Project of the Year|
BATTLE CREEK, MICH. June 21, 2015 - This past weekend, the Battle Creek Community Foundation's (BCCF) Youth Alliance Committee (YAC) received the 2015 Service Project of the Year award at the Youth Philanthropy and Service Camp put on by the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) at Central Michigan University. This is the second year in a row the Battle Creek Community Foundation's Youth Alliance Committee has taken home honors from the conference, being presented with the 2014 Media Usage of the Year award with their past work with the Battle Creek Shopper.
The Youth Alliance Committee was presented the award for their work wrapped around "Philanthropy Week", which took place the first week of May. A small group of YAC members submitted their nomination to the Council of Michigan Foundations. Youth Alliance Committee members worked with 6 local high schools and their surrounding communities to adopt nonprofit organizations in an attempt to raise materials and funding for them throughout the week. Throughout the process, YAC engaged nearly 4,000 youth in philanthropic work and raised nearly $2,000.00 during the week-long event, which was matched by the Battle Creek Community Foundation.
"It's so important for us to not only engage in philanthropic work as a YAC, but also to educate and instill those values in our peers", said Kyle Tharp, Youth Alliance Committee member, Board of Trustee member and junior at Pennfield High School. The Youth Alliance Committee was selected for this award from 86 YACs located throughout the state of Michigan.
The Youth Alliance Committee is a group composed of 34 high school students from Battle Creek who engage in grantmaking, volunteer projects and leadership initiatives continuously striving to make the community of Battle Creek a better place to live for area youth. In addition to having the Youth Alliance Committee, youth also serve on BCCF committees including two youth who serve on the BCCF Board of Trustees, a practice that was started some 15 years ago.