Youth in Philanthropy finds new home with London Youth Advisory Council

Dec. 15, 2017

YiP 2017Starting in January 2018 London Community Foundation will proudly hand off its Youth in Philanthropy committee to the London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC).

Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) is a dynamic group of youth between the ages of 13 to 25 who have come together from diverse backgrounds to actively participate in philanthropy and community development. London Community Foundation has facilitated this program for the past 10 years. However, with the establishment and growth of the LYAC a partnership opportunity become 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’s Director of Grants, Lori Runciman is sad to see the program go, she is excited to see the evolution of this new partnership.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute spent with the youth and will miss them,” says Runciman. "At the same time, I’m excited knowing this partnership will strengthen YiP’s impact and provide the members with opportunities for personal growth and relationship building."

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.  

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