Quick Links: Become a Youth Board Member Youth Grants Youth2You
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. Thirty-five 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 May), and may miss up to six meetings. Call (805) 541-1234 for more information.
This music video was created by our 2014-15 Youth Board to express how much fun they had being a part of the board.
In March 2018, members of the United Way Youth Board recorded Episode 1 of their radio show, Youth2You. Originally airing on KYXZ 107.9 in South SLO County, Youth2You is a show about what high school students think about current events and how they relate to our community. Listen to episodes below:
Are you interested in learning more about the community? Gaining leadership and teambuilding skills? Consider applying to be a member of the United Way Youth Board. SLO County youth entering 9th-12th grade are eligible. Applications for 2018-2019 Youth Board members are due September 14, 2018!
Questions? Contact Rachel or call (805) 541-1234.
Each year, the United Way Youth Board accepts 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. Congratulations to the 2018 Youth Grants:
- Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County "Project Teen Health"
- Judkins Middle School/Ms. Babka's AVID class "Spreading Tolerance and Inclusion for All"
- Paso Robles Youth Art Foundation "Chair Campaign"
- Restorative Partners "Alternatives to Violence Project"
Student-submitted applications have an adult ally and a sponsoring organization. This organization can be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, school, or faith-based organization. Strong projects allow the youth group planning the project to gain knowledge and skills. It will primarily benefit youth in the community, not just the project planners, and should be both creative and realistic.