What is Youth United?
The Youth United program is a program that encourages students to engage and volunteer in their community, then rewards them for achieving the volunteer hour requirement. Youth United is available in all Chelan and Douglas County schools, and select Okanogan County schools (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, schools that participate include:
Bridgeport School District
Brewster School District
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
Applications are due April 1st of each year and must include all of the following documents:
New this year, the Youth United application is universal for all grades! Additionally, the application has been revised to make it easier to fill out using as little paper as possible. Please ensure all forms are filled out correctly and completely. Please make sure the application is complete with a parent signature, to avoid delays or your application being rejected. You can find the Application Form here!
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 Kenzie English at (509) 662-8261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties strives to ensure there are a number of volunteer projects available in which students my participate, the responsibility for finding volunteer opportunities and making contact with the organization in order to volunteer remains with the student. United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties hosts a volunteer calendar and the Get Connected site if students are struggling to find volunteer opportunities and students are always encouraged to call or email the coordinator for any volunteer projects. The way the program is set up provides opportunities for students to gain experience communicating with adults to acquire service and allows the organization to ask pertinent questions of the student.
Once a student begins volunteering, they maintain a record of all of their service, complete with supervisor contact information, between April 1st and March 31st of the following year. All volunteer hours are verified. Failure to provide complete supervisor contact information may result in being disqualified for the award.