Empowering Our Young People
The United Way of Thunder Bay (UWTB) is empowering our young people to realize their full potential by: Supporting struggling children and youth obtain the skills, self-esteem, and confidence to become successful role models and leaders; Helping youth succeed and stay in school until graduation; Inspiring children and youth to believe in themselves and make healthy choices.
One of the ways UWTB is doing this work is through their Youth 4 Community Fundraising and Granting Program. Last fall, all eight local high schools raised money as part of the United Way’s Youth 4 Community Fundraising and Granting Program. This program was established eight years ago, and in that time has raised over $70,000 for youth-focused programs in Thunder Bay; in 2017, a total of $6,065 was raised. Youth 4 Community is run by youth and for youth, meaning that all the money is raised within the high schools, all the funding goes to local youth programs and services. In addition to fundraising, the students also had the opportunity to sit on the Youth Granting Committee and work through a detailed allocations process to determine how to grant the funds, with the support of adult mentors Wayne Fletcher, Past United Way Board of Director and United Way staff person, Sandra Albertson.