United Way Youth Venture©
United Way of North Central Massachusetts Strategy
In North Central Massachusetts, we LIVE UNITED against barriers to youth success…. through
United Way Youth Venture Initiative, with its goal to ensure that:
- Youth gain the knowledge, leadership skills, and credentials needed to obtain a job for a successful life.
Youth suffer disproportionately from unemployment. In 2014, more than 73 million youth (ages 15–24) around the world were unemployed. Today, the youth unemployment rate is nearly three times higher than that of adults.
What’s needed is a true “cradle-to-career” continuum: a talent pipeline that prepares the next generation for the jobs of tomorrow, supplies businesses with skilled workers and builds a robust, competitive economy.
Our strategy for YOUTH SUCCESS includes:
Kids who feel connected to school, succeed. When kids want to stay after the bell rings, you know you’re making a difference. That’s the case for nearly 9,000 North Central Massachusetts students that have a United Way Youth Venture program in their schools. It is helping our young people succeed inside the classroom and out.
Adolescents are explorers who are beginning to discover what they are good at and who they are going to be when they grow up. United Way Youth Venture helps kids discover where they shine.
This is a simple, common sense solutions that get results; and the stakes are high. Young adults who disengage, who decide they “aren’t good at school” are at risk of dropping out. We can catch the problem before a child gets frustrated and gives up on school.
With our partners Mount Wachusett Community College, United Way Youth Venture develops their skills by creating youth-led community benefiting ventures that include: creating business plans, budgets, managing community-based service projects and volunteer experiences. These are skills that business leaders want in their employees.