Young people across the country are helping to improve their local communities by giving, advocating and volunteering in the areas of education, income and health. This powerful force called Student United Way is a network of student- led organizations committed to advancing the common good.


Our program is targeted towards students in 9th –12th grade who are interested in developing leadership skills and creating opportunities for community engagement. Because this is a leadership development program, SUW is led by trained student leaders embodying a passion for serving the community.


  • Attend bi-monthly meetings
  • Be responsible for raising funds to support Black River United Way’s Mission: Read initiative.
  • Volunteer their time to local schools in the community to help increase our students reading grade levels.


SUW fosters a sense of philanthropic ownership of our communities, improve the community through student-led service projects, and gain professional experience through networking and effective decision making.

  • VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES: SUW provides the students the opportunity to work with like-minded teens and to give back through fun, innovative student-led projects.
  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Through SUW, the students work with a supportive group of community leaders who connect them with the skills and knowledge they need to begin their own leadership and community engagement journey.
  • PHILANTHROPIC OWNERSHIP: SUW provides a variety of activities, including grantmaking, budgeting, accounting, outcome measuring, volunteering and more. Philanthropic deeds give kids ownership and pride.