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Student United Way

Student United Way is an interactive community engagement program that gives high school students the tools to become strong community citizens and leaders.






Participants gain an insight into the Roanoke Valley through hands on interactions with business, nonprofit, and government leaders and organizations. They graduate with a framework for improving lives and the leadership skills to create community change. It is a great networking opportunity and resume builder for high schoolers. The program highlights include opportunities to engage with top United Way campaigns, their executive leadership, and the area's strongest nonprofits.

Topics covered include: 

  • How nonprofits lead community change
  • Engaging the community give, advocate, and volunteer
  • Community solutions to elevate families to self-sufficiency
  • Improving health in the Roanoke Valley
  • Supporting and housing the homeless
  • Utilizing education to break the cycle of poverty
  • Leveraging companies and employees to create change


We are recruiting for the 2017-2019 Student United Way cohort. Applications to the program are open to all interested freshmen in the Roanoke Valley. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2017. Applicants should reflect the following: 

  • A strong interest in community service and the Roanoke Valley
  • Availability for and transportation to evening meetings
  • Flexibility to participate in summer volunteer events

Student United Way will meet monthly on Monday evenings during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, with opportunities to engage in summer volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in applying, please CLICK HERE to complete the application.

Student United Way has hosted four cohorts of students from 2007 to now with students from the following area high schools:

  • Patrick Henry High School
  • William Fleming High School
  • Cave Spring High School
  • Hidden Valley High School
  • Northside High School
  • William Byrd High School
  • Glenvar High School
  • James River High School
  • Roanoke Catholic High School
  • Salem High School
  • North Cross School


Student United Way will be hosting SpeakUP, a youth empowerment forum on February 24th, 2018. High school youth who are interested in making their community a better place through dialogue should apply to attend. We are proud to be a Youth Voices of the Roanoke Valley event.


To learn more about Student United Way, contact:

Kristin Adkins, Director of Youth Development Strategies at 540.777.4210 or