The Youth United program is a volunteer program that is self-governed by each individual student, and rewards students who achieve the volunteer hour requirement for their contributions to our communities. Youth United is available in select Chelan and Douglas county schools districts (including home and private schools within those school districts) for youth in grades 6-12 (5th grade students may start in April of their 5th grade year). Currently, those schools are:
- Cascade School District
- Cashmere School District
- Eastmont School District
- Entiat School District
- Lake Chelan School District
- Manson School District
- Waterville School District
- Wenatchee School District
Though United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties strives to ensure there are a number of volunteer projects available in which students may opt to participate on the Volunteer Calendar at any given time, the responsibility for finding volunteer opportunities and making contact with the organization in order to volunteer lies with the student.
Not only does this allow the organization to ask pertinent questions of the student, but it provides opportunities for students to gain experience communicating with adults to acquire work; a skill found to be lacking amongst teens in today's world.
Once a student begins volunteering, they maintain a record of all of their work, complete with supervisor contact information between April 1st and March 31st of the following year (all volunteer hours are verified, so failure to provide complete supervisor contact information may result in being disqualified for the award).
Applications are due April 1st of each year and must include all of the following documents:
- Application Form with student information and total hours
- Service Verification Forms with complete supervisor contact information for ALL volunteer hours (these do not have to be signed by the supervisor) OR a signed letter from the volunteer project's supervisor on company or organization letterhead. (A combination of both is fine, since most students volunteer for many different projects with many different supervisors who prefer to verify your hours differently)
- Academic Eligibility Form with school staff signature, verifying a minimum of 2.0 Grade Point Average OR if the minimum GPA is not achieved, a signed waiver from the principal of the school
If you have any questions regarding either the Varsity Letter or Youth Engaged in Service Youth United programs, please contact Trina Heuchert at (509) 662-8261.