Imagine being a teenager with $25,000 to spend!
That’s reality for 28 Logan County high-schoolers participating in the annual Student United Way program. They are tasked with searching out the best way allocate donor dollars set aside for them from United Way’s fall 2018 campaign.
The student leaders are now seeking funding proposals from area organizations that provide services to Logan County youth. Applications are available by contacting the United Way office (937) 592-2886 or visiting www.uwlogan.org. The deadline to apply is Tuesday January 15.
Requests for funding will be considered for programs that serve Logan County youth under 18 in one or more of the following areas:
Life Skills (such as Financial Education, Decision-Making, “Adult 101,” things kids need to know upon graduation)
Mental Health (such as group peer support for youth and one-on-one counseling opportunities)
After-School / Summer / Weekend activities
Four upperclassmen from every Logan County high school are midway through a year-long leadership development program that serves as a mini-version of the United Way volunteer experience. Students meet once a month throughout the school year to learn about community needs and how United Way works to address them. It allows them to visit area workplaces and service agencies, and gives them the experience of serving on a volunteer board that makes difficult funding decisions.
The students spent their first two meetings becoming familiar with the structure of United Way, its role in the community, and some of the over-arching community needs. Students engaged in the “Cost of Poverty Experience” poverty simulation in October and toured the Logan County Jail in December while discussing issues they see affecting lives in their schools, families, and youth organizations. They then set parameters to determine how to spend their $25,000, and now await grant proposals from local organizations.
It’s the mission of United Way of Logan County to facilitate successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of the community.
For more information, visit www.uwlogan.org or call (937) 592-2886.
Dave Bezusko is Executive Director of United Way of Logan County.