The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation (PBACF) announced that $1,500 was awarded to four grant recipients. The announcement was made April 15 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center.

Grant recipients were the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County, First Sisters Outreach Inc., TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) and Youth Partners of Pine Bluff/Jefferson County, according to a news release.

YAC president Jarod King presented the awards that are available through the Pine Bluff Area Youth Advisory Council Fund.

“The purpose of YAC is to develop young philanthropic leaders that address the needs of youth in our local community,” King said in the news release. “YACS are primarily high school students who want to make a difference. Members learn about philanthropy and effective charitable giving. We research the needs of youth in our community, decide which youth-oriented organizations we need to support, and volunteer our time toward community work.”

YAC is an initiative of Arkansas Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes smart giving to improve communities.

“The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs,” according to the release. “By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps. With 40+ years of experience, the Community Foundation has $378 million in assets, nearly 2,100 funds and awarded more than $250 million in grants since its inception. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 29 affiliates, are fully tax deductible.”

King said that the YAC considers the following criteria in selecting the grant recipients: potential benefit to the community, capacity of the organization to achieve the results submitted in the proposal, evidence of a plan for evaluating the project, potential for sustainability beyond the grant cycle, evidence of cooperation or collaboration with other organizations working in the same field, evidence of local financial support and possibility of future support for the project or program and innovation and creativity of the approach.