Youth Leadership Cabinet


2018-2019 Youth Leadership Cabinet

United Way’s Youth Leadership Cabinet is a cabinet of passionate high-school aged youth who are actively seeking ways to Connect, Serve and Lead to make a positive and lasting impact throughout our community through United Way of the Brazos Valley. The Youth Leadership Cabinet promotes civic involvement and responsibility by providing high school students with opportunities to participate with United Way.

Mission: The Youth Leadership Cabinet is united to lead the way volunteering, raising funds and helping others in the Brazos Valley.

Connect - Serve - Lead

Connect (Social/Networking):  Provides opportunities for high-school youth to meet students from other local high schools as well as get to know others in their own school. 

Serve (Community Involvement & Fundraising):  Members have various community involvement opportunities to directly impact people's lives. This includes hosting public events, such as their annual profit share with DoubleDave's Pizzaworks, and volunteer opportunities such as their Day of Caring, where members are recruited to help with nonprofit projects.

Additionally, the Youth Leadership Cabinet raises funds and coordinates a micro-grant program each spring for local nonprofit organizations. In 2018, the Youth Leadership Cabinet granted $14,500 to 20 nonprofits serving the Brazos Valley.

Lead (Leadership Education): Members have opportunities to develop their leadership abilities through service on the Youth Leadership Cabinet, and on committees by helping to coordinate fundraisers and service opportunities. The Youth Leadership Cabinet also works to provide leadership development opportunities to other local high-school students.

Members work together to lead meetings, reach out to community contacts, coordinate school and community events, and have opportunities for leadership within the group. Positions include School Chair (for their respective high school, United We Serve Chair, Photography Chair, Secretary, Vice Chair and two Co-Chair positions.

Additionally, other high school students are invited to Youth Leadership Day, a large-scale leadership education event and sped a day with the Youth Leadership Cabinet, learn about community need and are given resources and opportunities to positively impact their community.

Over $32,000 Granted to 38 Brazos Valley Nonprofits from Community Builder Grants!

The United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet hosted its annual Community Builders Grant Celebration where they presented 38 Brazos Valley nonprofits with grant checks totaling $32,000 – a record breaking amount for the program. Throughout the school year, the Youth Leadership Cabinet, composed of youth leaders from seven Bryan-College Station high schools, raised over $16,000 through various fundraisers. In March, Denise Fries and Fries Financial Services announced that they would match the Youth Leadership Cabinet’s raised funds, bringing their total to $32,000! In addition, Fries Financial Services sponsored a $1,000 LIVE UNITED scholarship for one Youth Leadership Cabinet Member.

In April, the Youth Leadership Cabinet students reviewed the applications and made funding decisions. Each grant is awarded up to $1,000 and goes towards programs working to make an impact in the areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability in the Brazos Valley.


Nonprofits selected for 2019 Community Builders Grants include:

  • Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach
  • First United Methodist Church College Station
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Brazos Valley
  • Health for All
  • Books and a Blanket
  • Hospice Brazos Valley
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley
  • International Leadership of Texas College Station K-8 Campus
  • Brazos County Health District
  • Madison County Health Resource Commission
  • Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity
  • REACH Project
  • Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living
  • Robert Conte Foundation for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Inc.
  • Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
  • Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center
  • Scotty's House Child Advocacy Center
  • Brazos Valley Worldfest
  • SOS Ministries
  • Bremond Public Library & Visitors Center
  • St. Thomas Early Learning Center
  • Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity
  • Texas Ramp Project B/CS
  • Catholic Charities of Central Texas
  • The Bridge Ministries of Bryan Texas
  • Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley
  • The Prenatal Clinic
  • College Station ISD Education Foundation
  • The Rose
  • Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army
  • Elder-Aid, Inc.
  • Twin City Mission
  • Faith Mission & Help Center, Inc.
  • U.M. Army
  • Family Promise of Bryan-College Station
  • Women Healing the World

Day of Caring

This year, the Youth Leadership Cabinet partnered with several local nonprofits to directly address community needs. For Day of Caring 2019, the Youth Leadership Cabinet partnered with the Texas Ramp Project, Family Promise and Habitat for Humanity.

Student leaders who visited Family Promise cleaned up the playground to ensure that children in the program can continue to enjoy the outdoors. At Habitat for Humanity, students helped with various landscaping work at local headquarters, so that employees and visitors alike can utilize and enjoy the space. Lastly, Student Leaders working with the Texas Ramp Project visited a home in Bryan, where they built a wheelchair ramp for a community member in need.

Benefits of the Youth Leadership Cabinet:

Members of United Way’s Youth Leadership Cabinet:

  • Gain unique knowledge of the community

  • Understand the work of United Way and gain investment in positively impacting the community

  • Develop critical leadership, organizational and planning skills

  • Develop key contacts

  • Become a part of a “community-wide” effort to make a difference

Requirements for Membership:

Hey guys, Tori and Michaela here! We're the current Co-Chairs of the Youth Leadership Cabinet. Here's what we LOVE about our Cabinet.

"I can honestly say the best part about the Cabinet is how many amazing friends I've made. Because I've been on the Cabinet all four years of high school, I have friends as young as current freshman, and as old as college juniors, all of whom are just straight up awesome people!" - Michaela

"Being on the Cabinet has been my favorite part of high school. This group of people has become like family to me, and it's so nice to be surrounded by people that care about the same things as me!" - Tori

We really hope you'll talk to your current Cabinet members or school counselor, and ill out an application to join us next year!

Michaela Rush & Tori Clinton

2018-19 United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet Co-Chairs

Age Requirement: 9th grade – 12th grade students at local high schools.

Application Phase: Principals and School Counselors assist in identifying qualified and interested candidates for application. Interested candidates will complete an application and submit it to the Youth Leaderhip Cabinet for consideration. Applications are accepted during the spring semester. Interested candidates should contact their Principal or School Counselor for more information.

Attendance Commitment:

  • Commit to attend 75% of weekly meetings/events. Meetings are a time for social networking as well as planning upcoming fundraisers and projects and are a vital part of service on the Youth Leadership Cabinet.

  • Commit to attend fundraising activities

  • Commit to serve on at least one (1) committee

  • Commit to participate in the planning and attendance Youth Leadership Day (fall semester) and Day of Caring (spring semester).


To learn more about Youth Leadership Cabinet, contact Maggie Gray at