Youth Leadership Program
Valley United Way’s Youth Leadership Program dates back to 1990 when the Board of Directors saw a need to get students involved in the community and to train them to be future leaders.
United Way developed a year long program to accomplish that goal. The students learn about community needs in the Valley, the importance of nonprofit agencies, and the role volunteerism plays in addressing those needs. Applications are accepted annually from students either attending high schools in the Valley or residing in the Valley and attending schools outside the Valley.
As a concluding activity, members conduct a needs assessment in order to determine community needs for programs and services aimed at high school students. When the results have been compiled and needs identified, a Request for Proposal is sent to all nonprofit organizations in the area, asking for proposals to be submitted for funding of programs and services that focus on the identified needs. Youth Leadership members review and evaluate the proposals as part of their own formal allocation process. Since 1990, Youth Leadership members have allocated more than $60,000 in funding.