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More than 300 youth convene at 2015 Youth Summer Leadership & Grantmakers Conference

More than 300 youth grantmakers and advisors came together from June 19-21 at Central Michigan University with one goal in mind-- to learn how to be more effective grantmakers.

The conference is planned and facilitated by the MCFYP committee and is a weekend full of breakout sessions, speakers, and fun. The agenda for the weekend included sessions on topics such as Grantmaking 101, Media, Evaluation, Service Projects, and Leadership Principles.

“We learned so much at the conference; I’m real excited to help our young people make change,” says Jessica Rayment, PYC Advisor, “We are doing great things and we can only do better.”

“Perspective”, the theme for this year’s conference was a guiding light for participants to think about taking the necessary steps to make change within their own communities, including gaining perspective to be the best grantmakers possible. Throughout the weekend students put together a puzzle, which represented the diversity that makes a youth advisory council effective and taking action in hopes of making an impact. Students left with a feeling that they could make a difference in their communities even if it may be simply in the life of one individual.

Attending the 2015 Conference from the Pottawattamie Youth Council were Cody Rupp, Senior at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs; Nicole Hilderbrand, Junior at Saint Albert High School; Olivia Curtis, Junior at Underwood High School, and Mary Casson, Senior at Saint Albert High School.

Acting as adult supporters for the young people were Jessica Rayment and Heather Loutzenhiser of Promise Partners.

The Pottawattamie Youth Council works to help youth and families in Pottawattamie County through philanthropy, service, and grantmaking. The organization accepts grant applications from area nonprofits and community groups to support programming that assists young people and families.

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