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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, 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 to serve on the council. 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.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. Applicants for 2025-2026 may apply in spring 2025. 

Meet the Director

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

Sarah 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.

Sarah 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

2023-2024 Student Roster

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center

Phoenix Rex, Senior

Marcus Wolboldt, Senior

Ashland High School

Rilynn Ajian, Sophomore

Gabriel Barlow, Junior

Addi Bonfiglio, Sophomore

Joshua Bonfiglio, Senior

Keaton Christian, Junior

Aubrie Cooke, Junior

James Daubenspeck, Junior

Jocelyn Honaker, Junior

Haley McNaull, Sophomore

Katrin Parker, Junior

Mackenzie Parsons, Senior

Andrew Swartz, Senior

Jessica Wally, Senior


Loudonville High School

Jocelyn Grassman, Senior

Alyssa Henley, Senior

Brendon Hess, Senior


Mapleton High School

Taren Kramer, Junior

Emma Roar, Senior