Youth United Way

Youth United Way Program

Applications Now Being Accepted for our FREE 2024 Youth United Way Program! 

Our 2024 Youth United Way of Lake County (YUW) kicks off this October! The program's purpose is to engage and empower our community’s youth to become active agents of positive change through volunteering, advocacy, and philanthropy. 

The Emerging Leaders of United Way of Lake County lead and direct the program. It is designed to teach students how to mobilize community resources to make a positive impact through the spirit of service. 

High School students engage in site visits to local non-profit agencies where they learn about the services they provide and the clients they serve. The program culminates with the opportunity for students to take what they've learned, collaborate, and decide which non-profit programs in Lake County will receive real funds, provided courtesy of the Emerging Leaders.

Student Takeaways - The Benefits

  • Fostering leadership abilities via collaboration, problem-solving, and compromise
  • Connect with community leaders across Lake County
  • Develop a sense of philanthropic ownership within our community
  • Community improvement through youth-led service projects
  • Enhanced awareness of available nonporift programs and services
  • Exposure and insights into our allocation funding process, including the opportunity to award real funds
  • Nurtures the importance of keeping youth and community connected
  • Provides professional experiences via networking and decision-making


2024 Fall Class Schedule (subject to change)

  1. Monday, October 7 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  2. Tuesday, October 22 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  3. Wednesday, November 6 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  4. Thursday, November 21 - 11:00 am - 2 pm
  5. Thursday, December 5 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  6. Friday, December 13 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (Graduation Lunch)

Apply Today!

High school students, grades 9 - 12, are eligible to apply. All that’s needed is a Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or staff member at your school!


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Questions:  Contact David Whittaker at or by calling 440.639.1203

Youth United Way Fall 2024 Informational One-Sheet

Take a look at what previous Youth United Way students had to say about their experience: