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Youth United Way of Lake County is a youth directed initiative to help local students mobilize resources and make a positive impact on our community through the spirit of service

Registration is Now Open for our 2018 Youth United Way Program!

Our Youth United Way program is for high school students who are interested in developing leadership skills while learning about community needs and volunteer opportunities. Students engage in site visits to local non-profit agencies where they learn about the services they provide and the clients they serve. The program takes place over 6 sessions culminating with the opportunity for students to take what they've learned, collaborate with one another, and decide which non-profit programs in Lake County will receive real money funding.

The program objective includes teaching students how to:

  • Develop and nurture leadership skills through teamwork, problem sollving and compromise.
  • Connect with community leaders across Lake County
  • Develop a sense of philanthropic ownership in the community
  • Improve the community through youth-led service projects
  • Create an understanding about programs and services offered in Lake County
  • Learn about and implement the process of allocating funds
  • Nurture the importance of keeping youth and community connected
  • Gain professional experiences through networking and effective decision making.

 

TO SIGN UP:

Application:  Click here to download a copy of the application form. This, along with a Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or staff member at your school should be submited to Jodi Matsko:

Via Email (Scan documents & Email) to:  jmatsko@uwlc.org

Mail or Drop Off to:  Jodi Matsko, United Way of Lake County, 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, OH 44060

Questions:  Contact Jodi Matsko at 440-639-1236 or via email at jmatsko@uwlc.org

2018 Program ScheduleClick here for the complete 2018 six (6) session program schedule   Partial information can also be found below.

Brochure:  Click here for a copy of our brochure.

Take a look at what our 2017 Youth United Way students had to say about their experience:

 

2018 Youth United Way Program Session Schedule

Students will be responsible for their own transportation to the various sites we will be visiting. We will meet at United Way of Lake County offices prior to departure of each off-site visit. The address of each off-site location is listed below the session schedule, or will be provided at a later date.

Attire: Please wear comfortable clothing for all sessions except the last session. The last session is the allocation session which will be set up as a board meeting. For this, please wear business attire.

 

DATE

TIME & LOCATION

TOPIC

DESCRIPTION

LEADER(S)

 

Sunday

 

1/28/18

1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

United Way of Lake County

9285 Progress Parkway

Mentor, OH 44060

Icebreaker: Get to know one another

-Program Overview &

 Expectations

-United Way Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

 

2/11/18

1:00pm – 3:30pm

 

United Way of Lake County

9285 Progress Parkway

Mentor, OH 44060

Icebreaker:

Site Visits: (3)

- Lake-Geauga Recovery Center

  1:30-2:00  (Oak House)

- Lake County Free Clinic

  2:15-2:45

- Project Hope

  3:00 – 3:30

Meet at UWLC office first and then we will visit each agency accordingly. Have questions prepared!

 

 

 

Sunday

 

2/25/18

 

1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

United Way of Lake County

9285 Progress Parkway

Mentor, OH 44060

Icebreaker:

Panel Presentation

-BBBS of NEO

-L.C. Captain’s Reading Program

-Starting Point

-Lake County YMCA

Agencies that we will not be visiting will be invited to come to United Way of Lake County’s office for in-person presentation  

 

 

 

Sunday

 

3/11/18

1:00pm – 3:30pm

 

United Way of Lake County

9285 Progress Parkway

Mentor, OH 44060

Icebreaker:

Site Visits: (3)

-Forbes House

 1:30-2:00

-Crossroads

 2:15-2:45

-Birthright, Lake County

 3:00 – 3:30

Meet at UWLC office first and then we will visit each agency accordingly. Have questions prepared!

 

 

 

Sunday

 

4/8/18

 

1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

United Way of Lake County

9285 Progress Parkway

Mentor, OH 44060

Icebreaker:

Presentation & Jeopardy game

 

Leadership presentation/activity and interactive game of Jeopardy to round up what you have learned from the past four sessions. PRIZE for 1st place team!

 

 

 

Sunday

 

4/15/18

1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

United Way of Lake County

9285 Progress Parkway

Mentor, OH 44060

 

Icebreaker:

Youth United Way Allocation Meeting & Graduation Day!

You decide! This is where all of your knowledge will be put to use. You will work as a team to problem solve, collaborate, and decide where to allocate $5,000 to programs within Lake County.