United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

What if every kid had the chance to be all they can be?

No matter the neighborhood, the town, the city or the lot in life? Thanks to you, the next generation is receiving the critical support they need to succeed in school – and beyond. United Way’s youth development efforts focus on building community engagement, promoting healthy choices and providing leadership opportunities. With your gifts and volunteerism, we support:

  • Academic programs that keep students on track to graduate
  • Mentors that inspire youth to stay in school
  • Initiatives that foster leadership skills and create bonds to the community


Getting students INTO college is no longer good enough

His first arrest was at age 11, when he was caught stealing a bike from Toys R Us. The years that followed were spent cycling in and out of prison, as well as in out of community-based programs that were trying to reach him. But it was College Bound Dorchester’s Bridge to College program that reversed Gio’s course in life, and today he is enrolled in Bunker Hill Community College.

“College is key,” says Mark Culliton, CEO of College Bound Dorchester. “The individual success helps break the cycle, bringing a positive ripple effect to the neighborhoods.” READ MORE!

From the blog

bynder youth mentoring

These 3 companies go the extra mile to mentor and engage youth
There are many companies who understand the importance of supporting the next generation and building our future workforce. These three go above and beyond.


BoSTEM, a partnership between Boston Public Schools, Citizens Schools, Boston After School & Beyond and United Way, aims to ensure 100% of Boston’s middle school students have the opportunity to participate in expanded STEM learning experiences by 2020.  Today, these hands-on STEM learning opportunities are only available to 6% of Boston students through out-of-school time programming.  Learn more.

Youth Venture gives young social entrepreneurs the opportunity to envision, create, launch and lead projects that help their communities. Youth teams receive business guidance and mentoring from volunteers, attend workshops throughout the year and share their accomplishments with each other at a year-end celebration. Learn more.

Summer Learning Collaborative, a statewide collaboration aimed at increasing reading proficiency by targeting summer learning loss. In 2014, 85% of the 2,700 participating children avoided summer learning loss and 69% increased or maintained their reading skills. Learn more.

AmeriCorps Partnership, powered by United Way, the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National Community Service,  focuses on supporting the immigrant population in Lynn, MA and reducing the drop-out rate among immigrant students.  Learn more.

The Marian L. Heard Scholarship provides first-generation college students with up to $10,000 over the four years they attend college. In addition, scholarship recipients get their own “e-coach,” a United Way volunteer who provides advice and support throughout their post-secondary journey. Learn more.