United Way Fox Cities’ Youth Board is an organized voice for the youth of our community, helping young people make a positive impact by promoting the objectives of United Way Fox Cities and creating a spirit of community service. Youth Board members gather together twice annually in the Fall and Spring to review grant proposals. These grants are youth-led, youth-designated, and youth-reviewed.
Most recently, these grants have funded hygiene kits, mental health kits, books, activities, and a day of generosity. Even during the pandemic, the Youth Board pivoted without missing a single grant cycle to bring kindness, generosity, and compassion to the people who needed it the most.
“Sources of Strength is a school-based club that focuses on stories, ideas, and feelings of strength to help reduce suicide. In the wheel of strengths, one of them is generosity. My team and I agreed that generosity was our common strength, and we could pursue it better together. This was when Generosity Day was born. Generosity Day involves a day of two-hour mini-service projects throughout the Fox Cities. Our activities included tie blankets for Harbor House, mental health bracelets for NAMI, hospital care bags for young chemo patients at St. Vincent’s Hospital, sensory bags for SOAR Fox Cities, meals for Pillars, and paper flower centerpieces for two assisted living homes. The grant I applied for in the fall provided all of our materials. Overall, we had 50 participants, and all experienced an increase in their mood by the end of the event. We hope to continue this again next year and have already set up meetings about writing grants.”
— Logan Maass, United Way Fox Cities Youth Board Co-Leader
Youth Board is continuously accepting applications! Click here to apply.