Youth Board

Applications Due by Sept. 30th

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10th Anniversary Video


Become a Youth Board Member

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 for this FUN, FREE program.



2021-2022 Youth Board Meeting Calendar



Download our 2019-2020 Youth Board Brochure


Download our Youth Board Statistics Flyer.


Youth Board Summary


Questions? Contact Linda or call (805) 541-1234. Please submit a completed online application by September 30, 2021.  Limited positions available. Apply Today! 

Youth Grants

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.


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.

2021 Youth Board Grant Winners Announced! CONGRATULATIONS to the following organizations:





Youth Board Grant Seekers Workbook - 2021

2021 Youth Board Grant Guidelines


Questions? Contact Linda or call (805) 541-1234.






*Established by the 08-09 Youth Board


The mission of the UWSLO Youth Board is to develop youth leadership and opportunities in the community by building awareness and making an impact through involvement in the United Way decision making process through awarding grants to local organizations.


The United Way Youth Board envisions the development of a community in which all youths feel inspired to participate in community service while bettering themselves and San Luis Obispo County.  

Youth Board logo

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.  Up to thirty-five students serve as a United Way Youth 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 at least 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, manage 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), and may miss up to FOUR meetings.  Call (805) 541-1234 for more information.

The Youth Board meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 5:30PM - 6:30PM unless otherwise notified. 


Youth Board would like to recognize and thank Balance Treatment Center for their support and sponsorship of this program.


Balance Treatment Center


2018-2019 Youth Board promoting 2-1-1 SLO County in this TV spot


10th Anniversary Youth Board Celebration Video

Music Video

This music video was created by our 2014-15 Youth Board to express how much fun they had being a part of the board.


Started in March 2018, members of the United Way Youth Board recorded Episode 1 of their radio show, Youth2You. Continuing in 2019, listen to recent episodes that are aired LIVE on KYXZ LP 107.9 FM in South SLO County, Youth2You is a youth radio show about what high school students think about current events and how they relate to our community. Listen to episodes below:  


Questions? Contact Linda or call (805) 541-1234.



Youth Board - Why LIVE UNITED video!

"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.