Youth Endowment Saskatoon (YES)
Young people who care about their communities are increasingly getting involved in philanthropy.
By forming Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) within local community foundations, young people come together to raise money, build endowment funds and make grants to local youth projects. YACs are in their teens and twenties, with a lot of ideas and energy to bring to the table. There are already YACs in more than 55 communities across Canada, and the momentum is building.
In 2004, the Saskatoon Community Foundation launched its own Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Between 2004 and 2012, our YAC enhanced the quality of life for Saskatoon children and youth by disbursing grants from the Batting 1000 Endowment for Children and Youth, a fund created from gifts from many donors who wanted to see youth take a greater role in philanthropy in our community. The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) made its ninth round of grants in the spring of 2013. Beginning in 2013, the Batting 1000 Endowment for Children and Youth was renamed Youth Endowment Saskatoon, and grants made from the fund are now known as YES! From now on, the YAC will say YES! to projects for children and youth in Saskatoon!
The 2018 Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is currently accepting applications for its fourteenth round of grants. This year the Youth Advisory Council is seeking applications focused on youth and children with a preference to projects in the following priority area:
Acceptance and Belonging
- Mental Health- Programming and support of youth mental health
- Cultural Education- Programs and activities that provide personal cultural awareness as well as intercultural exchanges
- Societal Inequalities- Addresses and/or provides support to under-represented or marginalized groups.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 6th, 2019.