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IMPACT Youth Council

Ashland County Community Foundation’s IMPACT Youth Council offers high school students the opportunity to serve as grantmakers.

IMPACT is an acronym for Imagine Making Philanthropy an Ashland County Tradition.

Members of the IMPACT Youth Council learn about the needs of youth in Ashland County and then review grant applications from organizations that provide services to meet those needs. The students then decide how grant dollars should be awarded from ACCF’s Youth Empowerment Fund.

Nonprofits, click here to learn more and apply for an IMPACT Youth Grant.

Donors who wish to support the IMPACT Youth Council financially can make a donation to the “CUTTY Fund for Youth Empowerment.”

Students, read on for information about eligibility, program requirements and the application process.

Eligibility and Application

Each spring, we look for students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors in the following school year. Students from Ashland, Hillsdale, Loudonville and Mapleton high schools as well as the Ashland-West Holmes Career Center, Ashland County Community Academy, Genesis Christian Academy or home schools may apply.

The IMPACT Youth Council requires a time commitment involving attendance at monthly meetings on Sundays during the school year, periodic field trips to nonprofit agencies within Ashland County. Participants are also expected to complete a small amount of work outside scheduled meetings.

The deadline to apply is April 30.

Meet the Director

Ashland native and Ashland City Schools teacher Sarah LeVeck is director of the foundation’s IMPACT Youth Council.

LeVeck believes youth are hungry for significance, but often aren’t sure where to start. She enjoys empowering students and and mobilizing their energy, desire and optimism to be stewards of generosity and servant leaders in our community.

Upon hiring LeVeck to to lead the council starting with the 2021-2022 school year, ACCF President/CEO Jim Cutright said he believes LeVeck is the perfect fit for the position.

LeVeck, along with fellow teacher Jarrod Vance, led Ashland Middle School students in a special project to create DK PlayZone, a new playground at Ringler Field. ACCF served as fiscal sponsor and also provided a grant to support the project.

“Through working with Sarah on that project, I became so impressed with her understanding of how to communicate with students the need to get involved in their community in a philanthropic way,” Cutright said.

LeVeck teaches math at Ashland Middle School. She also serves as chair of the mathematics department and as a gifted intervention specialist. Along with her husband, Lance, LeVeck has three children. She is a member of Park Street Brethren Church.

Meet the Council

2022-2023 Student Roster

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center

Megan Blough, Senior

Ashland High School

Elijah Barlow, Senior

Joshua Bonfiglio, Junior

Andrew Briggs, Senior

Aubrie Cooke, Sophomore

Sara Finks, Senior 

Megan Hicks, Senior

Jianmei Lefelhoc, Senior

Katrin Parker, Sophomore

Mackenzie Parsons, Junior

Emma Schaefer, Senior

Courtney Stewart, Senior

Andrew Swartz, Sophomore

Jessica Wally, Junior



Hillsdale High School

Emily McGovern, Senior

Loudonville High School

Brendon Hess, Junior

Sydney Polen, Senior 

Mapleton High School

Elly Keener, Junior

Emma Roar, Junior