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.
Area and Population Served
This program will serve youth from the five Valley towns: Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton, as well as the schools they attend. Youth leaders will have been nominated by their schools or other community organizations and will have passed an application and interview process to participate in the program.
Our Youth Leaders class of 2020-2021 wrapped up their year by awarding grants to six Valley United Way Partner Agencies, which totaled $6,000.
United Way developed a year-long program to engage students in community service and leadership development. The students learn about the different needs in the Valley, the importance of nonprofit agencies, and the understanding of the role which volunteerism plays in addressing those needs. Applications are accepted annually from students either attending high schools in the Valley or residing in the Valley.