The M&M Area Community Foundation is well known for their efforts and initiatives to identify and meet areas of need throughout Marinette and Menominee Counties, but now some of their younger members are taking the lead. The Youth Advisory Committee of the MMACF is comprised of students from 8 of 15 local middle and high school districts and they’re launching their own independent community projects benefiting groups from elementary students in need to area animal shelters. MMACF Executive Director Paula Gruszynski says it’s the first time YAC members have organized their own projects and it’s having an impact both on these students and those they’re serving.

YAC is the oldest of the Community Foundation’s committees and is open to those between 12 and 21 years of age. Grusyzski says it’s this early experience that plants the seed of philanthropy in these members for a lifetime.

You can get more information about the individual YAC projects taking place throughout Marinette and Menominee Counties and how you can support them by visiting the M&M Area Community Foundation’s Facebook page or by calling Gruszynski directly at 715-340-6567.