2012-13 Youth Board Members with President, Karaline Bridgeford (front row, fourth from the right) and Rachel Cementina, Advisor (far left)
The United Way of San Luis Obispo County Youth Board is a unique volunteer experience that gives youth the control and responsibility of their projects. Students serve as a United Way Board of Directors and are given the opportunity to make a direct impact on their peers by addressing the needs of their community and awarding grants to local organizations. Each month, students from across the county meet to learn about SLO County and discuss community issues. At the end of the year, the board awards three $1,000 grants to local organizations that are making a difference. Members of the Youth Board represent the youth of the community, connect with community leaders and provide feedback about youth issues. They also participate in United Way projects and events, run fundraising campaigns, and learn about the community and other local nonprofit organizations. Participating students are required to commit to at least one full term (September through June). Call (805) 541-1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. View photos.
Youth Board Grants
Each year, the United Way Youth Board is accept applications for $1,000 grant awards to local groups that have created projects having a positive impact on youth (up to age 19). All applications are peer reviewed by members of the Youth Board, our group of high school students seeking to increase philanthropy and leadership in San Luis Obispo County youth, and improve programs to better serve our community. 2012-2013 grants were awarded to Restorative Partners' Juvenile Hall Project, and CAPSLO's Project Teen Health and Teen Academic Parenting programs.
Youth Board Applications
The United Way Youth Board is currently accepting applications for 2013-2014 board members. Download the Member Application. Applications should be submitted by September, 2013. A maximum of 35 students will be accepted to the board.
Youth Board Meetings
Meetings for 2012-13 will take place in the evenings the third Tuesday of every month starting in September and continuing through May.
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"My family would like to thank you for providing the Youth Board program. My daughter has learned the procedures and effectiveness of structure and making a difference through serving on the United Way Youth Board. She had continued what she has learned from United Way in other areas of her life which include college, service work, and commitment to her school and family. I am pleased that she has learned through her experiences participating with United Way. Continue your good work!" Noreen Martin, CEO of Martin Resorts, Inc.