Youth Venture Menino Center

Youth Venture is on FIRE!

Essential to continuing this raging inferno of success is our volunteers.  

This is an exciting year for the Boston Youth Venture program – we received an amazing Youth Opportunity Fund grant to expand the program, partnering with the City of Boston and Mayor Walsh.  We are working with 300 youth to give them the skills and resources to launch their own community-benefiting business ideas.  We have a kick-*** group of volunteers who help us champion the program.  And we are a finalist for a BostInno 50 on Fire Award!  

Youth Venture also boasts some of the most fun volunteer opportunities out there (okay, we’re a little biased. But our volunteers would agree).  Leveraging their personal and professional expertise, Youth Venture volunteers provide the tools and coaching to make these ventures a reality – and have a blast doing it.

Here’s how you can get involved this year – and be a part one of the hottest, most innovative youth programs in Boston!  Inspiration is guaranteed.


Mentors meet with teams on a weekly basis from late October through the Pitch Day in December, guiding them as they develop their business plan.  Weekly for 6-8 weeks from November – late December


If you’re a big fan of “Shark Tank” and always wanted to be a judge, here’s your chance! Evaluate the Youth Venture pitches and help decide how much funding each team will be awarded. Saturday, December 12th, 3-4 hours


Help teams tackle roadblocks by volunteering your professional skills to consult with them on specific challenges they are facing as they implement their ventures. Saturday, March 12th, 3-4 hours 


Coach Youth Venture teams on how to present and message their hard work and success for the end of year showcase. Saturday, May 12th, 3-4 hours.


Learn more about Youth Venture. For more information on how you can get involved, email Sam Zito at