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In the News

Gardner, Mass. Oct. 31, 2014 - MWCC coordinates the Youth Venture program along with the United Way and Ashoka’s Youth Venture.

The program exists to empower youth through support for innovative, community-outreach proposals, and its annual event celebrates and further educates these future leaders. Successful proposals from this most recent year offered support for animal shelters, Alzheimer’s patients and homeless children. Read more. 

Gardner, Mass. Oct. 28, 2013– Nearly 500 students from Leominster, Fitchburg, Ayer, Townsend, Gardner and Winchendon spent Friday morning at Mount Wachusett Community College learning how to design, implement and sustain their own community-service projects through United Way Youth Venture.

Students began their morning with a welcome from President Dan Asquino, Mount Wachusett Community College. The college runs the program for United Way of North Central Massachusetts. Bob Chauvin, chairman, of United Way, thanked the students for being leaders in their communities. Read more.

Gardner, Mass Oct. 20, 2011 -  North Central Massachusetts is no stranger to changemaking, and on October 20th, over 450 youth from New England came together to prove it.


Held at Mount Wachusett Community College, United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts hosted its second annual Fall Kickoff event. Bringing together Venturers and their Allies, passionate speakers, and local community leaders, the Kickoff event was an example of the community's commitment to youth-driven change. Read more.   

Devens, Mass -  Nearly 400 students spent a day learning how they could improve their school and community at the first-ever United Way Youth Venture Fall Kick Off, held at the SpringHill Suites in Devens Thursday.  

"It is really inspiring to see the energy, creativity and drive that these students have to make our community better," said Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts, which launched United Way Youth Venture to inspire young people to create and launch their own sustainable community-benefiting initiatives. Read more.   



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United Way Youth Venture

Young people are our future. You may have heard it a million times, but often as a society we do not look to them for solutions as we should. Youth are a valuable resource of inspiration, talent, knowledge and energy; and they do truly hold the future in their hands. Shouldn’t we then be investing more in them, and listening more to them? Young people are a vibrant—yet largely overlooked and underutilized— source of power of capacity for creating and leading positive community change. Young people involved in United Way Youth Venture develop leadership skills, build confidence, provide countless services to their communities, and most importantly, are given the chance to make lasting positive change on others, as well as themselves. At the same time they learn how to confront problems, face them, and find creative solutions.



Learn what United Way Youth Venture stakeholders have to say in their own words about the power of the program through a series of videos.