The YAC Story

The Foundation's priority is to develop the next generation of philanthropists by providing a platform for youth to learn about healthcare philanthropy.

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is an organization that educates youth on the processes surrounding youth health and wellness-related philanthropy and grantmaking. It is comprised entirely of students, ages 13 to 18, and is an integral part of the Columbus Medical Association Foundation (CMAF).

YAC_pic.jpgSince 2001, the group has supported programs that target youth health priorities. Since its inception, they have made more than $263,000 in grants affecting youth in the central Ohio community.

YAC’s current health funding priorities include:
  • Mental Health and Suicide
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Violence and Crime
  • Gender, Sexuality and Sexual Health
  • Bullying and Peer Pressure
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Negative Effects of Media & Technology
  • Body Image and Self Esteem
  • Disease and Conditions
  • Health Education
To support this priority and YAC's continuing efforts to educate young people and affect change in issues facing today's youth, click here.

Are you a teenager with a passion for philanthropy, an interest in public health, or simply a desire to help those in need? Click here for more information about becoming a YAC member.

For more information about submitting a proposal for grant funding, click here.

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