Today's Family: United Way youth program gets students active in the community

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By Kim McCloskey

It may be a school project, but it has real world implications.

Juniors and seniors from six local high schools gathered January 25. They were broken up into pairs to volunteer, research, and report on nonprofit service agencies throughout Lake County, with the goal of allocating $10,000 to deserving programs. At the end of a six-week session, the groups presented their findings to one another and made their selections.

Their job as part of Youth United Way seems simple, however one thing they learn is that it’s not as easy as it looks.

“I’ve been in the program for three years,” says Joe Orosz, a senior at Thomas W. Harvey High School in Painesville. “The programs we have to choose from help out with different things. They all need the money for different reasons.”


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