Youth Board Members Make a Difference

Monday, January 6, 2014

Nathaniel Thomas

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Nathaniel (right) was featured on a message board during the 2013 campaign.

Contributor: Nathaniel Thomas, former United Way Fox Cities' Youth Board Member

For me, being involved in United Way was the way that I could give back to the community. Throughout my high school career, I was able to be a part of the United Way Fox Cities Youth Board. Through my involvement with the youth board, I was presented with many opportunities to better my community through volunteering.

For the first two years that I was involved with the United Way Youth Board, I was a general member. In my role as a general member, I was involved in many service projects throughout the community. Then, during my junior and senior year of high school, I was elected to the position of Co-Leader. Both years, as part of my duties as a Co-Leader, I was the head of the youth board's grant program. The grant program provided funding for youth-driven projects working to make a difference in our community. Some of the programs that we funded included a post-prom event for Neenah High School that encouraged safe decision-making and Kimberly High School's Free3 an anti-drug, alcohol and tobacco group. Becoming involved in the Youth Board was one of the best decisions I made in high school. Being in charge of the grant program allowed me to see the differences that were being made, and that is what United Way means to me: Making a Difference.

The United Way Youth Board functions as an advisory committee to the adult board of directors. Youth Board Members are sophomore through senior high school students from the Fox Cities who are interested in becoming more involved and engaged in their school and community. These young citizens experience firsthand the inner workings of our United Way. "Learning by doing" helps develop the next generation of community leaders. If you would like to learn more about the United Way Youth Board, please visit our Youth Board webpage for more information. If you would like to become a United Way Youth Board member, please print and fill out the Youth Board Application.