Youth Venture


United Way’s Youth Venture is a social entrepreneurship program that empowers young people to envision, create, and see the impact of their own youth-led business ventures. Youth Venture empowers young people and encourages them to see that everyone can be a social entrepreneur.

United Way has a partnership with the City of Boston’s Health and Human Services and Boston Centers for Youth & Families to bring Youth Venture across Boston through community centers. We invest in teams of youth, ages 15 to 20, to develop, launch, manage, and sustain community-benefiting projects, then provide them with ongoing training, mentoring, and financial support to actualize their ideas. Through its curriculum, Youth Venture teaches participants social-emotional skills, the competencies needed to excel in the 21st century workplace, and empowers them to develop the project management, leadership, and financial literacy skills needed to be successful in college and career. We rely on the time, talent, and expertise of volunteers from Boston’s business community to support the teams through mentoring and experiential learning.

There are many ways to get involved in the program as a volunteer- from one time, high impact volunteering, to workshop design, to on-going team mentoring.

To view the Youth Venture volunteer brochure, click here.

To learn more about the program, contact Sam Zito at

See some of the innovative businesses that Youth Venture teams have launched: 
5 Youth Venture businesses that could change the world.

Want to be a part of this youth movement?
There are many ways you can inspire youth and create change by volunteering with Youth Venture. Whether you want to mentor, serve a panelist at our pitch session, or be a consultant at our Professional Development Day, contact Sam Zito to learn more.