Developing Young Community Leaders

United Way Youth Venture

Through its strong support for United Way Youth Venture, Tyco SimplexGrinnell is enabling young people to become change-makers who develop valuable leadership skills and strengthen our communities.

Now serving over 3,000 participants across the United States, Youth Venture is an innovative school-based program that empowers students to design and launch social ventures that have a positive community impact. Examples of successful projects include student-led life skill development workshops, basketball tournaments where team members first participate in anti-violence sessions, and weekly packaging of meals for classmates from lower-income families who need nutritious food on weekends.

Youth Venture empowers students to design and launch social ventures that have a positive community impact.

“Youth Venture is all about bringing forward the creativity, caring and talent embedded in the youth of our community,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts, which joined with Ashoka to found the program. “With Tyco SimplexGrinnell’s consistent support, the partnership and the program have flourished,” said Grzewinski.

Since getting involved in 2009, Tyco SimplexGrinnell has supported the program in North Central Massachusetts and provided seed grants and other assistance to launch Youth Venture programs in communities across the U.S. including Baltimore, Indianapolis, Boise, Minneapolis, Lexington, Honolulu, Long Island, Medina County (near Cleveland) and San Jose.

“We care deeply about our communities and are committed to providing opportunities for our youth,” said Tyco SimplexGrinnell President Bob Chauvin. “United Way Youth Venture is an amazing program that is developing the leaders of tomorrow and making the world a better place.”

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