United Way Youth Venture

On March 8th, from 5 to 7 pm, we will be hosting our third annual United Way Youth Venture Spring Showcase at the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, MA. The UWYV Spring Showcase is a unique event that presents the wide-ranging, inspiring, and innovative social ventures of engaged public school students in North Central MA. It is an opportunity for parents, teachers, business and community leaders to see how teams of young social entrepreneurs are leveraging their passion and skills to generate solutions for their school’s and community’s challenges. The event will give community members an opportunity to hear from close to 50 active Venture Teams and support their efforts, meet other invested community members, and have the opportunity to win various prizes from community businesses.

Please register in advance so we can plan accordingly. Suggested ticket donation of $5 each.

Buy them early here!  Or click here for more information!

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United Way Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of youth primarily between the ages of 10-22 to create lasting social change. Across the nation, we help young people to use their interests and passions to address a problem in the community.

Ventures are completely youth-created and youth-led. Youth involved in UWYV take something that they are passionate about and address a need they see in their community, from building skate parks to starting tutoring clubs. Through the process of launching a Venture, young people learn the important skills of leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and empathy as well as other valuable life skills.

To become a Venture Team, youth are required to complete an Action Plan, which is similar to a business plan. Venturers present their idea to a community panel, which determines whether the Team is ready to launch. Venture teams must benefit the community, have clear and attainable goals and be sustainable.

The Power of Youth Social Entrepreneurship

Youth Venture gives young people leadership roles. It gives them an outlet to channel their energy and harness their passion and use that to make their world and their community a better place.