Michigan Youth Conference a Learning Experience for YEP Member

By Anaiah Simmons, IPCF Youth Engaged in Philanthropy member

I learned so many new things about philanthropy and created many new friendships over the weekend of the Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference in Michigan (June 23-25). This was my first time in attendance, and I’m very grateful for the great experiences I had.

One of our first activities we did was called YAC 101/102. In Michigan, there are over 80 Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) which are very similar to Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) here in Central Illinois. At YAC 101/102, I learned what philanthropy really is and about how YACs were initially formed.

There was also a team-building scavenger hunt which I enjoyed. In order to get through each activity for the scavenger hunt, we had to work together.

One of my favorite parts of the trip was a performance by Raise It Up. This was a small group of people from Flint, Mich., that does spoken word poetry about serious social and economic problems.

I also enjoyed other activities like the breakout sessions, an ice cream social and a dance at the end of one evening. I had a really great time at this youth conference, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet so many people through the common goal of philanthropy!