Grand Rapids Drive visits Ionia for annual grant luncheon


IONIA, MI. (WOTV)-The Ionia County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will host their Annual Grant Luncheon on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The YAC will receive a check from State Farm, award $5,225 to local community programs and host a guest speaker from the Grand Rapids Drive. The YAC is a student driven group that strives to both initiate a change in youth habits and attitudes to improve our schools and communities, utilizing service-learning and funding of projects that address local youth issues. YAC is represented by high school students from Ionia, Belding, Portland, Lakewood, Saranac, and Lowell High School.

State Farm will present a check of $38,700 to support the YAC’s teen leadership and teen driver safety initiatives. State Farm has supported YAC for over eight years, which has allowed the YAC to make a difference throughout the community and state.

The Youth Advisory Council is committed to addressing and improving problems concerning young people, by funding programs directed toward youth. The YAC will award monies to the following projects in Ionia County for their 2015 grant cycle: STEM Camp, Victory Games Athlete Registration, Freedom Acres Freedom Makers, IM Kids 3rd Meal, Replacement Goals for Middle School Field, WEB – Where Everyone Belongs, and Special Education Banquet.

In addition to dollars that are awarded and received, the YAC will host guest speaker, Trey Conner, from the Grand Rapids Drive. Conner will speak at the Annual Grant Luncheon on Thursday, May 14. The Grand Rapids Drive is a new partner with YAC, and will be hosting two half day basketball camps this summer in West Michigan.

For more information on the Ionia County YAC, please call 616-527-4900 or visit

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