United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts is a 3 way partnership between United Way North Central Massachusetts, Mount Wachusett Community College and Ashoka Youth Venture.

United Way Youth Venture inspires and invests in youth ages 12-22 to create lasting social change. Across the nation, we help young people to use their interests and passions to address a problem in the community. Ventures are completely youth-created and youth-led. Youth involved in UWYV take something that they are passionate about and address a need they see in their community, from building skate parks to starting tutoring clubs. Through the process of launching a Venture, young people learn the important skills of leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurship and empathy as well as other valuable life skills. To become a Venture Team, youth are required to complete an Action Plan, which is similar to a business plan. Venturers present their idea to a community panel, which determines whether the Team is ready to launch. Venture teams must benefit the community, have clear and attainable goals and be sustainable.

Please visit our homepage at www.mwcc.edu/uwyv