The Ionia County YAC is represented by high school students from Ionia, Belding, Portland, Lakewood, Saranac, Pewamo-Westphalia, and Lowell High Schools. These motivated students meet once a month to plan, develop, and implement service-learning projects. Students also go through professional development trainings that help them further develop their own service projects. Additionally, students go though leadership, goal-setting, public speaking, team-work, and cultural trainings that help them learn how to be effective at advocating for a positive change in their community.
The most impressive quality about this group of students and the Ionia County YAC is that this program is entirely youth led! Students create the agenda for each meeting, lead each meeting, and take each step from developing to executing their project. These students also host fundraisers for their projects. The YAC has also elected to meet year-round. Students meet throughout the summer to further develop their projects, attend community events, and to plan for the following school year.