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Registration for our Youth United Way of Lake County 2020 Program is Now Open.

Youth United Way of Lake County (YUW) is a youth directed initiative designed to teach students how to mobilize community resources to make a positive impact through the spirit of service.

Our YUW program is for students in grades 7-12 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.



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:

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

2020 Program ScheduleClick here for the complete 2020 seven (7) 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:


2020 Youth United Way Program Session Schedule

We will meet at the United Way of Lake County office prior to departuring for each off-site visit. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from our United Way office. We will then provide transportation to the various off-site locations we will be visiting.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.