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Allegan County Community Foundation Teen Advisory Council or TAG Team

THE POWER OF YOUTH

The T.A.G (Teens Aiding Growth) Team is the Youth Advisory Council at the Foundation. High School students from all districts in Allegan County are invited to join to represent their peers. They meet around 10 times a year.

In 1994 the W.K. Kellogg Foundation issued a challenge to community foundations throughout Michigan with the goal of engaging youth in philanthropy. The Kellogg Foundation offered to match up to $1,000,000 raised to establish a youth fund. Thanks to the generosity of two Perrigo executives, Mike Jandernoa and Bill Swaney, the funds were secured and the Youth Advisory Council [TAG Team] was born the next year.

Activities of the group include:
·       Community Service (visiting and serving community non-profit organizations)
·       Recommending annual TAG Grant awards for Board approval (around $55,000 per year)
·       Leadership development and team building opportunities (through Council of Michigan Foundations and others)
·       Adopt-A-Family at Christmas time from Sylvia’s Place (purchase and wrap gifts for the whole family)
·       Review and award TAG Scholarship(s) annually (1-3 students, and amounts vary each year)

To sit down and learn the story’s that don’t even compare to that of our history books is a memory I’ll never forget. Their stories will forever live on through us.

Dylan

TAG created a change in my heart for service that has lasted beyond my time on the Team.

— Kyler

TAG showed me how giving back to the community affects you just as much as those in need.

Danielle

Being on the TAG team has opened my eyes to all of the challenges people can face and made me realize how much of an impact a small group of people can make.

Allie

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

The first TAG Team scholarship was given out in 2006. The funds for this scholarship were made possible by the passion and hard work of the members of the TAG Team. They are committed to supporting their peers in their pursuit of a higher education. Graduating seniors of an Allegan County high schools are eligible to apply for the annual scholarship. (TAG members, past or present, are not eligible.) The scholarship must be used to defray college costs (tuition, books, and room/board) in the student’s freshman year. This scholarship is not renewable.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be an Allegan County high school senior
  • Applicants must intend to be a full-time college/trade school student
  • The ideal TAG Team scholarship winner will be one who has put forth effort academically, has shown leadership ability, and makes community service a priority.

Donations to the TAG Team Scholarship Fund will be used to award scholarships for student leaders throughout Allegan County. Donate here.

Youth Leadership

  • TAG Team members participate in leadership opportunities that support, encourage and remind us that we all make choices and that confidence, kindness and self-respect lead to healthy choices.

TAG Team members are passionate about the responsibility they have to represent their peers. More than 30 non-profits submit grant applications every year. These applications contain a wide variety of services for youth throughout the county: grief therapy, shelter in times of domestic violence, the provision of diapers/socks/clothes and food, physical and emotional therapy, literacy initiatives, and much more.

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

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