Youth fund for Ishpeming was established in 1996 with a $25,000 match grant from the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project. A $50,000 challenge grant was sent to the Kellogg Foundation in September of 1995. The challenge was to raise the full $50,000 by April 1 to receive the $25,000 match. “Reaching this goal is really a testament to the people of our community. This is a brand new organization and community funds are still new concept of our area” said Bob Marietti, fund co chair in March, 1996. Today this fund totals close to $100,000.
Members of the GIACF Youth Advisory Committee along with adviser, Shannon Edmark, collected and packaged personal care items to be distributed to middle and high school students who participate in Patriot Power and Hematite Power Pack food programs. The packed 80 bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. These bags were distributed at the end of the school year and the programs will continue next year.
YAC Coordinator: Shannon Edmark