What is GladYAC?

The Gladwin County Youth Action Council (GladYAC) is a group of energetic young people from middle and high schools all over Gladwin County that spend a few hours each month learning about philanthropy. GladYAC was started in the summer of 2004 and has recently become a program of the newly established Gladwin County Community Foundation. YACs give students the opportunity to learn generosity by being generous. Students learn to serve their community and meet its challenges by supporting non-profit programs and projects through their grant-making. They learn to serve, and through serving, they learn to lead.

What Do YACs Do?

YAC members are grant-makers, researchers, community volunteers, fund-raisers and leaders. . What do YACs do? They MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and have fun doing so!

How Important is This Project?

As summarized by Abraham Lincoln, "Children are the persons who are going to carry on what we have started. They are going to sit where we are sitting, and when we are gone, attend to those things which we think are important. We may adopt all the policies we please, but how they are carried out depends on them. They will assume control of our cities, states and nations. They are going to take over our churches, schools, universities and corporations. The fate of humanity is in their hands."

What Can You Do?

  1. If you are a Gladwin County middle or high school student...GET INVOLVED! Download the Membership Application here. Or contact the GladYAC Advisor, Tom Stornello at 
  2. If you are a parent, teacher or counselor...ENCOURAGE A YOUNG PERSON TO JOIN US!
  3. If you are affiliated with a youth-serving nonprofit organization...ASK ABOUT OUR GRANT PROGRAM! Check the grantmaking section in this web site for more information.
  4. If you are a person concerned about the future of our youth and our community...SUPPORT US WITH YOUR DOLLARS!