TAG Team: Allegan County Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council

WHO WE ARE

We are 12 - 18 year old Allegan County students who have made a commitment to represent our peers and our communities.

WHAT WE DO

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • We determine what community service projects we want to take on based on the impact it will have on our peers.

GRANTS

  • We are responsible for the review and recommendation of over $50,000 a year in grants to non-profits that serve Allegan County youth.
  • We award Allegan County Youth and Teacher mini-grants.

TAG SCHOLARSHIP

  • We have the only known youth-designed, youth-driven scholarship program. Scholars are chosen by TAG Team members based on their academic efforts and community service.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

  • To support, encourage and remind our peers that we all make choices…the YLC reminds us that confidence, kindness and self-respect lead to healthy choices.

The ACCF Youth Fund and the ACCF TAG Team Scholarship Fund are invested under the direction of the Allegan County Community Foundation.

The ACCF Youth Fund is endowed, assuring future generations of the programs and services available for a healthy and supportive childhood.

ACCF TAG Team Scholarships are awarded to Allegan County graduating seniors based on their academic efforts and community service. TAG Team members created the scholarship fund and conduct the review and interviews themselves.

In 2011 the TAG Team invested over $46,000 into Allegan County by supporting the following organizations:

Christian Neighbors Plainwell, Center for Women in Transition, Housing Resource Center, Love INC, Parent to Parent of SW Michigan, Sylvia's Place, Imagination Library, Hungry for Christ, Safe Harbor Children's Advocacy Center, Wishbone Pet Rescue, First Congregational Church, and the Children's Museum of Fennville.

2011 TAG Team Scholars:

Alison Goyings - Plainwell H.S.
Nathan Winter - Saugatuck H.S.

Benefits to TAG members:

  • Peer Advocacy
  • Team Building
  • Increased Confidence
  • Leadership Skills
  • Introduction to Philanthropy
  • Enhances College Application and Builds Résumé
  • Extensive Community Involvement
  • Public Speaking Opportunities

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