COLUMBIA CITY — Achieving Changes Through Students, A.C.T.S., is a youth philanthropic component of The Center for Whitley County Youth.

It is a collaboration among the Community Foundation of Whitley County, T.R.O.Y., The Center’s SERVE program, and homeschool students.

In their December meeting the members made proactive grants to the following groups:

$500 to Mission 25, previously known as The Lighthouse

$200 to Beds and Britches Etc. (B.A.B.E.)

$200 to Circle of Friends at Columbia City High School

Members of A.C.T.S. are Seth Monesmith, Jack Claypool, Sierra Elliott, Parker Baker, Mikaela Austin, Brayden Ridley, Aeris Austin, Jayden Hershman, Laura Doehrman, Daniel Bradfield, Faith Wagner, Caedon Hull and AnnaMarie Russell. Liz Baxter, Adam Stetzel, Jonathan Johnson and John Slavich are the adult mentors.

This is the second year for A.C.T.S. Last school year, members learned about the concepts of time, talent and treasure, and giving back to their community. They performed various works of volunteerism, as well as a service project with the Whitley County Dazzlers. This school year during meetings, members have had presentations from local nonprofits regarding their missions.

If you have any questions regarding A.C.T.S., contact John Slavich at