What is YAC?

What is the YAC?

The Columbus Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) convened its first ever Youth Advisory Council (YAC) in January 2001. The YAC is a component of the Foundation and provides an opportunity for central Ohio area youth to learn about philanthropy and to participate in all aspects of grantmaking. Youth from local middle and high schools learn to evaluate projects that are designed by youth for youth to improve health outcomes through health advocacy, education and prevention.

The Youth Advisory Council:

  • Researches successful initiatives/programs that affect the health of the youth in greater Columbus
  • Identifies activities to improve existing and/or additional activities that will have a greater impact on the health of youth
  • Develops a grantmaking program through which funds can be distributed to the community to affect strategically targeted areas of concern
  • Supports youth leadership development activities

    Youth Health Priorities

    Areas of focus for YAC grantmaking are determined by Council members through the Health Perspectives Survey where their peers rank the health issues of greatest importance to them.  The following  Youth Health Priorities are ranked annually: 

    • Depression and Suicide

    • Nutrition and Fitness/Obesity and Eating Disorders

    • Bullying and Violence in Community/Home

    • Addiction and Substance Abuse

    • Sexual Health and Pregnancy

    • The Negative Effects of Media & Technology

    • Prevention of Diseases and Conditions