United Way of Amarillo & Canyon Youth Leadership Cabinet:
The 2015-2016 Youth Leadership Cabinet, comprised of more than 80 students representing nine local high schools (Amarillo High, Tascosa, Palo Duro, Caprock, Randall, Canyon High, Highland Park High, Bushland High, and River Road) and five school districts, executed another successful youth-led campaign.
This year, 16 applications from 13 different agencies were submitted to request project-specific funding. Students conducted program site visits, evaluated applications, and made the funding decisions for the money they raised. At a news conference in April (2016), the Youth Cabinet presented checks to each agency. United Way of Amarillo & Canyon is proud to partner with these young adults and help teach philanthropic principles to our future leaders. Over $34,000 was raised during the 2015-2016 youth-led campaign.
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 held at the United Way office, 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 KC Sullivan