Youth Leadership Cabinet

Community Builder Grant Applications OPEN

The Youth Leadership Cabinet extends a grant application every year using the funds they have raised during the school year through various fundraisers. Grants are awarded up to $1,000 and must benefit the Brazos Valley in the areas of health, education and/or financial stability. The students review the applications themselves through a grant review process, and agencies selected for funding are announced in late April.

The Youth Leadership Cabinet is accepting applications at this time. Applications are due to the United Way of the Brazos Valley by 5:00 pm on April 3, 2020.

Please note - Due to COVID-19, Community Builder Grant applications will be accepted via email to

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2019-2020 Youth Leadership Cabinet

The United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet is a student led organization that seeks to improve the Brazos Valley by connecting, serving and leading in their community. 

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 local teenagers to meet other high school students as well as members of their community. The Youth Leadership Cabinet is made up of students from seven area high schools including – A&M Consolidated High School, Allen Academy, Bryan Collegiate High School, Bryan High School, College Station High School, College View High School and Rudder High 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.

The Youth Leadership Cabinet raises funds and coordinates a micro-grant program each spring for local nonprofit organizations. In 2019, the Youth Leadership Cabinet granted $32,000 to 38 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. 

Students work together to lead meetings, reach out to community contacts and coordinate school and community events. Positions include School Chair (for their respective high school), United We Serve Chair, Day of Caring Chair, Marketing 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. They spend a day with the Youth Leadership Cabinet, learning about community needs and ways to enact change in the Brazos Valley. 

Click here to hear the Youth Leadership Cabinet's most recent interview!


United We Serve

The United Way's Youth Leadership Cabinet will hold their annual profit share, United We Serve, on Thursday, Feb. 27. Their biggest fundraiser of the year is an all day profit share fundraiser at all three DoubleDave's Pizzaworks in the Bryan College Station area. United We Serve will also feature local celebrities serving pizza for tips between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. A portion of all dine-in, carry-out and delivery orders will go towards the Youth Leadership Cabinet's goal of raising $11,000 to grant to nonprofits serving the Brazos Valley through their annual Community Builders Grant.


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 thirty-eight 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. Click here to read the full story.


Benefits of the Youth Leadership Cabinet

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, organization, teamwork and planning skills
  • Advance youth involvement in the community
  • Develop key contacts
  • Become a part of a community-wide effort to make a difference

Hello from Youth Leadership Cabinet!

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

“I really enjoy being part of Youth Leadership Cabinet and it allows me to grow as a person, make new friends, and serve the community’s needs!” - Jesus Vega-Tirado, Bryan Collegiate High School Class of 2021

I believe that anytime we empower youth to realize the great role they can play in changing their community everyone benefits! If you are impressed at what this group of students can do at 16 or 17 years of age, imagine their impact when they are business owners, doctors, parents, teachers. I'm proud to see students caring so much about every person in their community and wanting to be a part of building a stronger community.” – Alison Prince, President & CEO of United Way of the Brazos Valley

"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 Rush, Allen Academy Class of 2019, Youth Leadership Cabinet Alum

United Way was such a pivotal point in my high school experience and made me into who I am today and I chose to stay with it through college to continue the work that I did in high school because it was so fulfilling.” - Tori Clinton, College Station High School Class of 2019, Youth Leadership Cabinet Alum

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


Michaela Moreno & Jesus Vega-Tirado  

2019-20 United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet Co-Chairs



Age Requirement: 9th grade – 12th grade students at local high schools including A&M Consolidated High School, Allen Academy, Bryan Collegiate High School, Bryan High School, College Station High School, College View High School and Rudder High School.

Application Phase: Principals and School Counselors assist in identifying qualified and interested candidates for application. Interested candidates complete an application and submit it to the Youth Leadership 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 percent of weekly meetings/events-meetings are a time for 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 or 979-696-4483 x. 118.

United Way of the Brazos Valley fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Brazos Valley.