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Youth Cabinet

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon Youth Leadership Cabinet:

The 2017-2018 Youth Leadership Cabinet (YLC) is comprised of more than 70 students from Amarillo, Canyon, Bushland, Highland Park and River Road high school. The YLC, along with numerous company and community volunteers, hosted United Way of Amarillo & Canyon’s annual Youth Day at the Civic Center in October 2017. Youth Day was attended by over 800 students from 18 area middle schools and high schools and acted as the catalyst for a successful youth-led campaign. The funds raised through the Youth Campaign are donated entirely by students from grades K-12 at campuses all across our community. As members of the Youth Cabinet, the students allocate this money to United Way of Amarillo & Canyon’s partner agencies.

This year, 11 applications from 8 local non-profits were submitted to request project-specific funding. YLC students conducted program site visits, evaluated applications, and made funding decisions for the money raised. At a press conference in April 2018, the YLC presented checks to each agency. United Way of Amarillo & Canyon is proud to partner with these young adults to help plant the seed of philanthropic principles to our future leaders. United Way of Amarillo & Canyon was one of the first United Ways in the country to coordinate a youth program.

Youth Allocations 2018


Amount Allocated

Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs (ARAD) -
Shelter Treatment Program


Area Agency on Aging -Food Net


Boys & Girls Club- Triple Play Basketball


Boys & Girls Club- Triple Play Mind- Rolling Hills


Golden Spread Council Boy Scouts of America -


Catholic Charities- Inner Faith Hunger Project


Epilepsy Foundation of West Texas- Art Program


Girls Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains –
Outdoor Program at Camp Kiwanis


Amarillo Wesley Community Center -
Senior Citizen Program


Amarillo Wesley Community Center - Behind the Scenes Modeling and Mentor Program






The goal of the Youth Cabinet is to teach philanthropic principles to students and provide opportunities for them to become more involved in their community.
The Youth Cabinet is designed to replicate the United Way general campaign, but at the school level. The students are tasked with raising awareness for the community programs supported by their local United Way, raising funds at their “workplace” and then allocating these funds through a grant application process to the most critical areas of need.

The Youth Leadership Cabinet is comprised of student representatives from each of the local high schools. In addition, each high school also has one sponsor at the campus who helps coordinate the students’ fundraising efforts and communicates with the United Way staff person.

Youth Cabinet members are selected by their school sponsor. Currently, there are no restrictions placed on the number of students who may participate. They are expected to attend weekly meetings, help coordinate fundraising efforts at their campus, and help with additional events that might come up during the year.

For more information about the Youth Leadership Cabinet, please contact Community Initiatives Manager, Raul Rodarte-Suto at 806.376.6359