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Youth Impacting Community (Y.I.C.)

Y.I.C. stands for Youth Impacting Community. We are a group of high school aged youth from around the Manhattan, KS area who want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. We do this by learning about community needs, participating in community service projects, and awarding grants to local non-profit organizations who serve youth.

Y.I.C. was started by the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation (GMCF). In 2002 they applied for a grant from the Ewing Kauffman Foundation to begin a youth philanthropy program in Manhattan. GMCF received that grant and the rest is history! They continue to sponsor our group by providing adult leaders and funding for our grant program.

YIC has the privilege of distributing $6,500 or more annually to local non-profit organizations for youth related projects. YIC members create the guidelines for the projects, evaluate the grant applications, test the project ideas for efficiency, distribute the money, and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan. To complete the process we have a Grantee Reception to honor our grant recipients.

YIC has typically chosen one or two projects each semester, in which we do some hands-on work at a local community service agency. We usually try to do these on "no school Fridays." YIC has volunteered at various organizations including: Flint Hills Breadbasket, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Sunflower CASA Project, and many more. These service projects do count for service hours at school.

Y.I.C. usually has a regular meeting once per month, unless we have lots to get done during the grants program or when planning projects. Plus we do community service projects once or twice a semester. We know that high school students get busy with lots of things, so members are asked to participate and attend meetings and service events as often as possible. Members are expected to serve in leadership roles as club officers and committee members.

Area 9th - 12th grade youth are invited to be a part of Y.I.C. For more information contact GMCF at

YIC Activities

Fall/Spring Service Projects - YIC chooses one or two volunteer projects each semester at which they do hands-on work at a local community service agency. In the past YIC has volunteered at Flint Hills Breadbasket, CASA, Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Help Us Learn...Give Us Hope, Stoneybrook Assisted Living and the United Way of Riley County.

Global Youth Service Day - On Global Youth Service Day, youth around the world organize community service projects to address local needs. The goal of YIC has been to create an event that collaborates with youth from organizations across the entire community. In past years YIC has organized the "Revitalize the Trails" event with the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department to improve area parks.

Grant Process - Each year YIC distributes funding to nonprofit organizations. The amount is determined by the GMCF Grants Committee. YIC members create the guidelines, evaluate the grant applications, test the project ideas for efficiency, distribute the money, and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan.

Download Y.I.C. Brochure Here

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