United Way Youth Venture Students Inspire Community Leaders
Expo Shines Spotlight
For Immediate Release - The United Way Youth Venture program held its second annual Spring Showcase event at Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, Mass.
The event gave over 130 students from around the region—representing close to 50 community service teams—a chance to show off their youth-led, youth-created service programs to the community.
The community leaders, officials and parents who attended were surprised at the students' level of passion, dedication and commitment to their projects. “Very simply, it is just inspiring to see the incredible impact these students are making,” Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts, said.
The team displays ranged from helping the homeless, to saving the world-wide bee populations from extinction, to working with Alzheimer patients.
"I was incredibly impressed by the energy and commitment from the Youth Venturers at the Spring Showcase," said Mount Wachusett Community College President Jim Vander Hooven. "The showcase challenge d me to ask myself, 'what have I done lately to benefit the community?'"
Over 6,500 students have been actively engaged in the United Way Youth Venture program, with more than 100 teams working in the community across 10 school districts, including Fitchburg; Gardner; Leominster; Ayer Shirley; Ashburnham-Westminster; Winchendon; Parker Charter, Ayer; Sizer Charter, Fitchburg; Monty Tech, Fitchburg; and MWCC, Gardner.
The United Way Youth Venture Expo was made possible by: Great Wolf Lodge, P.J. Keating, IC Federal Credit Union, The Lexvest Group—Phoenix Park, Workers Credit Union, Aubuchon Hardware, Anderson Bagley & Mayo Insurance, Leominster Credit Union, The Catalano Companies, Enterprise Bank and Trust, and UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital and community collaborators.
The United Way Youth Venture program is a partnership between the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, Mount Wachusett Community College and Ashoka’s Youth Venture. The program empowers youth through support for innovative, community outreach proposals and helps them gain essential experience that will help them to become the future leaders and innovators of the community. Additional information about the teams can be found at mwcc.edu/uwyv.
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