Lauren GrevelEducation & Youth Initiatives Officer
What do you do at the GHACF?
I work on all things youth and education related at the Foundation. I work with our Youth Advisory Council, made up of about 20 high schoolers, as they learn how to be community grantmakers and philanthropists, all while developing their leadership skills. They are active and engaged in looking at and assessing the needs of youth in our community.
I also manage our scholarship program of about 200 funds that help us to provide assistance to local students. I even spend time working with our local school districts, as well as nonprofits with youth-serving programs, to develop and cultivate partnerships that will continue to positively impact our youth.
How long have you been with the GHACF?
I started in December of 2011 and have held many different roles at the Foundation.
Why do you work at the GHACF?
I often reflect on what is of value in my life and how it impacts the decisions I make. For me – family, friends, and community are important, but I also chose this career path because I’m passionate about providing opportunities for the youth in our community, one that was influential in my growth as a youth and now as an adult. You could say that I was destined for this work…I held a neighborhood art show when I was in elementary school to raise money for what was then known as the D.A.R.E. program, as well as many other events, and even wrote letters to our President.
Education & Experience
I graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State with degrees in Social Relations & Policy and Communications. I also completed an MPA focused on Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Grand Valley while working at GHACF. I’ve held close to every role imaginable at the Foundation in my time here and am grateful for the growth and development this has provided me as well.
Do you have a leisure activity or hobby?
I enjoy traveling around Michigan, spending time with family and friends. I think rainy days are made for curling up with my dog, Stella, a good book, and a cup of coffee.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I traveled to Europe at the age of 13 as a student ambassador and was a recipient of the Heacox Scholarship here at GHACF.