Inspiring the Next Generation

Celebration of Service

Each year, we have the joy of honoring youth members involved in our Youth In Service, United Way Youth Division (UWYD), Youth Transformative Leadership and From the Heart programs at our annual Celebration of Service Luncheon.

Together in the 2015-2016 school year, 22,790 youth contributed 369,613 hours – 120,000 more volunteer hours than last year!

“I think it’s important to get involved because you get to help other people that you wouldn’t normally interact with and you become more thankful for the things you have,” said Olivia Oldham, a student at the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, one of the 40 schools involved with Youth In Service.

These students have done remarkable things across the South Plains this school year. They’ve hosted anti-bullying rallies, cleaned-up after rescue horses, provided food for hungry families in their own schools, raised money for a number of agencies, promoted awareness for various causes affecting our community, and given their time and talents for a host of other area nonprofits.

“The kids were so excited and they were on board to do their part,” said Jessie Cayton, Cavazos Middle School teacher.

The efforts of these youth have supported 336 local agencies and raised $172,893.52. They’ve made our community a better place to live.

“The more and more you volunteer, the more you recognize the power your actions have,” said Catherine Latour, a student at All Saints Episcopal School and Project Coordinator for UWYD. “That develops into the idea that your actions can make a difference in the world and you should continue doing that.”

This is the next generation of community leaders, and they are truly an amazing group of bright, influential leaders. We are proud to recognize the efforts of these impactful youth and love seeing them transform our community and inspire change.



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