Youth Impacting Community (Y.I.C.)


Youth Impacting Community (Y.I.C.) is a group of high school aged youth from the Manhattan, KS area who want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Members of the group are given the opportunity to learn about community needs, participate in community service projects, and award grants to local non-profit organizations who serve youth. 

The program was started by the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation (GMCF) in 2002. GMCF received a grant from the Ewing Kauffman Foundation to begin a youth philanthropy program in Manhattan and the rest is history. GMCF continues to sponsor the group by providing adult leaders and grant funding.


Y.I.C. Activities

Y.I.C. meets at least once a month during the school year to discuss the grants program, plan upcoming projects, and address any other agenda items. Members are asked to attend meetings and service projects as well as serve in leadership roles as club officers and committee members.

In addition to the regular monthly meetings, the group participates in several community service projects throughout the year. Y.I.C. has volunteered at several organizations in the community, including but not limited to Flint Hills Breadbasket, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Manhattan Emergency Shelter, and Sunflower CASA Project. The service projects not only fulfill the requirements of the Y.I.C. program, but also count for service hours at Manhattan High School.

Y.I.C. has the privilege of granting around $6,500 annually to local non-profit organizations. 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. Members of Y.I.C. are able to participate in an annual Grantee Reception held to honor GMCF grant recipients.


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


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