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Youth United Way Program

Applications Now being Accepted for our FREE 2022 Youth United Way Program! (Click here or scroll down for application & program information)
Submission Deadline: January 28, 2022 

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 9 -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.


Applications Now being Accepted for our FREE 2022 Youth United Way Program!
Submission Deadline: January 28, 2022 

Application:  Click here to download a copy of our 2022 YUW program application. This, along with a Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or staff member at your school should be submited to Jean Sency:

  • Via Email (Scan documents & Email) to:
  • Or, Mail to:  Jean Sency, United Way of Lake County, 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, OH 44060

Questions:  Contact Jean Sency at 440-639-1286 or via email at

2022 Program Schedule: This will be posted in the near future along with the program application. Partial information from our past year's program can be found below.

Brochure:  Click here for a copy of our brochure.


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


2022 Youth United Way Program Session Schedule

Students meet at the United Way of Lake County office prior to departuring for each off-site visit. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from our United Way office. We provide transportation to the various off-site locations we'll be visiting as part of the program.The address of each off-site location is listed in the below 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.