More than 25 years ago the United Way of Washington County - East formed the Youth United Way. The goal was to teach philanthropy to the next generation of donors and provide opportunities for youth to be involved in their home community. The Youth United Way program is youth-led, electing their own president (or co-presidents) who serve on the United Way of Washington County-East board of directors. They are a peer-led group, determining their own community priorities activities with guidance from United Way staff and volunteers. The Youth United Way program provides a unique and valuable experience in organizing, volunteering, time management, leadership and philanthropy for a wide variety of teens in grades 6-12. The group holds their own fundraiser each year, with their largest and most substantial event the annual Empty Bowls Dinner to raise money for the local hunger programs. The goal of this event, which takes place every March, is to raise awareness that hunger can exist in places outside of third-world countries. Funds raised by the Youth United Way are distributed through their own grant/community investment process. As a group, they review all funding requests and make funding decisions.
Youth United Way accepts applications from local youth and hunger organizations and allocates the money raised throughout the year to the organizations based right in the Stillwater Area. Youth United Way has raised and allocated more than $20,000 to local youth and hunger programs in the Stillwater Area. They help support feeding the hungry in our community through Valley Outreach, provide school based services aimed at preventing and reducing youth chemical use through the Youth Service Bureau, horseback riding to people with disabilities through Courage Kenny Riders, school based mental health with help from Family Means, and other programs supported by our partner organizations.
"Youth United Way is an important asset to our community, providing kids and opportunity to get involved and help our neighbors in need. Service to others is an important outcome for students in our new strategic plan."
- Corey Lunn, Former Stillwater Area School Superintendent
Interesting Facts and Stats about Youth United Way
Youth United Way has raised and allocated more than $20,000 to local youth and hunger programs in the Stillwater Area. Local Organizations who have received funding from Youth United Way:
School District 834
Interested in joining Youth United Way? Contact Lois Raboin at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 Youth United Program Application is now available.
Click here if your organization is interested in applying for funding.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Empty Bowls event.
The Youth United group was able to raise nearly $2,000!
Thank you to the local restaurants that donated soup and bread, as well as local artists who donated pottery and artwork for our silent auction portion of the event.
Lake Elmo Inn
Water Street Inn
Youth United receieved and honorable mention in the Community Champions awards compeition for the event Empty Bowls from United Way World Wide in May of 2018!