United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Youth Venture


It’s your community. Make it great.

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

In 2015, thanks to a grant from the Citi Foundation and America’s Promise, we expanded Youth Venture in partnership with the City of Boston to serve 300 youth in Boston ages 16-20.  We invest in teams of youth to develop, launch, manage and sustain community-benefiting projects, and provide them with ongoing training, mentoring and financial support to actualize their ideas. Working with industry leaders in the fields of marketing, technology, community development and finance, the program provides experiential learning opportunities to youth that builds readiness for jobs and careers through communication and project management, leadership and teamwork.

See some of the innovative businesses that Youth Venture teams launched this year:
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.