Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

Youth Advisory Committee Formed at The Luzerne Foundation Student Run Group to Research and Award Grants

Students from area high schools across Luzerne County have become members of a newly formed Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) at The Luzerne Foundation to learn the fundamentals and importance of charitable giving in the community.  At the conclusion of the school year, the YAC will award approximately $15,000 in grants to area nonprofit groups.

The 32 YAC members are 9-12 grade students from seven schools and will spend the year completing assignments such as a community needs assessment, grant reviews, prospective recipient site visits and the awarding of the grants.  Additionally, the group will raise funds, plan events and solicit potential donors.

“Our goal is to teach the youth of our community about the fundamentals and responsibility of philanthropy,” noted Charles Barber, President/CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “The YAC will give them an opportunity to find out more about the needs in our community, understand the limitations of funding and enjoy the good feelings that come with making a difference.”

2018 YAC Nonprofit Forum

First YAC Meeting in Our New Home

Pictures from the 2018/2019 Kickoff Dinner

Pictures from Our 5th Annual Youth Advisory Committee Awards Dinner

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YAC Grantmaking Since Inception

Total Nonprofits Supported: 21
Total Grants and In-Kind Gifts: $80,775


$5,000 Family Service Association of NEPA
$5,000 Camp Orchard Hill
$5,000 The Hope Center of Wyoming Valley
$1,000 Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center


$5,000 Helping Hands Society, Bringing the Outside In
$5,000 McGlynn Center, Weekend Program
$5,000 Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, The Community Based Cancer Screening Navigation Program
$1,000 St. Joseph’s Center, medical equipment for Luzerne County Intermediate Care
special gift of
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CASA of Luzerne County, Resource Library


$5,000 Hazleton Integration Project, After School Scholarship Program
$5,000 Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, SPOT On Preschool Camp
$3,500 YMCA of Wilkes-Barre, Tasty Thursday Program
$2,500 Women’s Resource Center, Safe Housing Program


$5,000 Children’s Service Center, Music Intervention
$5,000 Ruth’s Place, Staff Expansion
$3,000 Cori’s Place, Mind & Body
$3,000 The United Way of Wyoming Valley, Success by 6


$5,000 CASA of Luzerne County, CASA Training Classes
$5,000 Volunteers in Medicine, A Healthy Smile for a Healthy Start
$5,000 Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, Multi-Sensory Room
$1,000 Marlee’s Mission, Scholarships