Youth Engagement for School Improvements

02/05/2019, By Valley of the Sun United Way

More than 100 students from west Valley schools gathered at a rally last Wednesday, full of anticipation. As part of a contest, the kids submitted ideas for improvements for their school campus, coming up with their own plans, and were ready to find out who had the winning idea for the grant money prize to complete their project.

To their surprise, United Way’s Youth Engagement Program, presented by the Walmart Foundation, brought in a total of $125,000 to divide among all of the participants for projects like hydration stations, mindfulness rooms, a VR mobile learning lab, and more! All of the projects entered highlighted the benefits their project has for the student body and community.



Through this program students have the opportunity to be part of the decision-making process, learn how to create proposals, and now to see project all the way through to completion.

The program will include a new social media account where students can share their stories, and the community will have an opportunity to vote on which project is the most impactful. The winning project will receive an additional $8,000 in funding.

Congratulations to all students who participated at the Isaac, Alhambra, Washington and Cartwright School Districts on being drivers of change. We look forward to watching the progress on your projects as you learn leadership skills by taking on the collaboration necessary to make it a success!

You can follow their journey by watching #unitephxschools on social media.

Thank you to Walmart for joining the fight for kids through your partnership with Valley of the Sun United Way and making these grants possible.

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