Youth in Philanthropy

We are pleased to announce that beginning January 2018, the Youth in Philanthropy program will be offered through the London Youth Advisory Council.

Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) is a dynamic group of youth between the ages of 15 to 25 who have come together from diverse backgrounds to actively participate in philanthropy and community development. 

Since 1997, London Community Foundation has facilitated the YiP program. With the establishment and growth of the London Youth Advisory Council, a partnership opportunity became apparent. 

The London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) “exists to ensure youth voices are heard.” The Council’s commitment to channeling the optimism, idealism and passion of youth for the betterment of our community makes YiP a natural fit with its mandate.

While London Community Foundation will continue to fund, promote and accept applications for the Acorn Fund for Youth grant program and J. Allyn Taylor Community Service Award, the review and selection will now be led by the LYAC.

We are grateful to the LYAC for working with us to facilitate a smooth transition offering an enriched experience to YiP participants and ensuring effective grant making and award selection.  

Things YiP volunteers do:

  • Volunteering: Visit and engage with community youth organizations
  • Award selection: Select the annual recipient for the J. Allyn Taylor Community Service award, presented to an individual who has contributed to their community through their volunteering achievements
  • Grant making: Review and discuss grant guidelines for the Acorn Fund for Youth, review grant proposals and select recipients
  • Perform follow-up evaluations with grant recipients

For more information about opportunities to participate, contact Melissa Kamphuis, executive director, London Youth Advisory Council, melissa [at] lyac [dot] ca