Honorary YACs -- Janet and Wayne Clark of Berryville found out Tuesday evening who and what "YACs" in Carroll County are. Members of the Carroll County Community Foundation (CCCF) Youth Advisory Council (YAC), from left, Claire Allison, Tyler Squires, Gail Browning and Noah Cantele show off a YAC t-shirt. Trey Kerby and William Carmona, right, hold a "thank you" certificate to the YAC program produced and signed by members of the Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab program. CCN / Mary Jean Sell
Working with funds from a donation from Wayne and Janet Clark of Berryville, members of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Carroll County Community Foundation (CCCF) presented more than $5,000 in grants to various groups last Tuesday evening.
YAC members Claire Allison, Tyler Squires and Noah Cantele of Berryville, Trey Kerby, William Carmona and Gail Browning of Green Forest presented the grants to group representatives during the evening program in Eureka Springs' Harmon Park.
The Clarks were on hand to get an idea of what their $5,000 donation will be used for this year.
The money they contributed was matched by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in collaboration with the CCCF and the Arkansas Community Foundation.
Also on hand was Cecelia Patterson, a representative of the Arkansas Community Foundation Program from Little Rock.
Presenting and receiving checks were:
Squires to Larry Fry, $750 to the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation Mountain Meadows Massacre History Project to provide funds to help schools integrate history of Mountain Meadow Massacre into Arkansas history lessons. The pilot project for the Foundation is in the Huntsville schools.
Kerby to Loretta Crenshaw, $750 for the Carroll-Madison Libraries -- Library Teen Program to help fund development and presentation of a six-week summer Survivor Teen program teaching youth a variety of skills for being on their own.
Cantele to Mary Jo Rose, executive director of the Lane House/Main Stage, $450 to provide material and instruction to help youth make documentary film about Eureka Springs called "Mud Street to Main Street," and to help sponsor the first Youth Digital Film Festival this past weekend.
Kerby to Patrick Ross for the Eureka Springs High School -- EAST Lab, $500 to help sustain the Helipad Landing Zone Survey Project. This is a county-wide project to identify locations suitable for landing helicopters involved with medical and emergency rescue operations.
Squires to Barbara Deschner Dunnam for two Eureka Kids projects: $650 for Springs Alive to clean-up and restore springs in and around Harmon Park and $350 to develop a fitness trail around Harmon Park.
Browning to Lydia Bush, $1,000 for the Standing in the Gap program to help needy families pay for urgent medical care for their children.
Carmona to Jackie Wolven, $500 for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts for scholarships and material for art instruction to county youth.
Allison to Bruce Levine, director of the Eureka Springs Parks, who accepted the $500 grant to the Community Development Partnership (CDP) of Western Carroll County, to fund installation of a water fountain at the skate park in Harmon Park. Construction on the skate park is expected to start June 1.
YAC is made up of youth (teenagers) from all three high schools in Carroll County who meet a number of times over the course of the year to learn about the concept of philanthropy, endowment building, grant programs and the needs of their communities.
After learning how a grant process works, they solicit applications for programs that serve youth and community needs.
They spend one or two sessions judging the merits of the applications and then make decisions on which programs will receive grant funds.
Each of the young presenters gave a brief description of the project each grant was funding.