On May 3, Youth United – the newest and youngest engagement group at United Way of Greater Atlanta – hit a milestone. It turned 1! And in celebration, board members were honored with a graduation ceremony to recognize their hard work, commitment and impact on Greater Atlanta. Featuring keynote speaker Kate Atwood of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and leader of the recently launched ChooseATL initiative, graduating board members listened to her inspiring words about how – at a young age – she founded her own nonprofit, Kate’s Club.

Throughout this past year, Youth United set up volunteer projects for other students across Greater Atlanta. Members decided what’s impactful and important to them as a group, and the most fun and engaging ways to make it happen. They also had the opportunity to grow as leaders.

During the ceremony, Youth United honored Board members including:

Chaide Wynn, Senior, Carver Early College (Texas A&M University)
Avni Kakkar, Senior, The Westminster Schools (Stanford University)
Kendall Robinson, Junior, Greater Atlanta Christian School
Alex Calloway, Junior, Homeschooled
Lauren Seroyer, Junior, Peachtree Ridge High School
Kadi Weakland, Senior, Woodward Academy (The New School)
Brandon Sykes, Senior, Drew Charter Senior Academy (Southern University Baton Rouge)
Dori Balser, Junior, Riverwood International Charter School
Roman Bacchetta, Senior, The Westminster Schools (Washington and Lee University)
Jada Milligan, Junior, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School
Claire Chen, Junior, River Ridge High School
Rylee Jahn, Senior, Woodward Academy (Purdue University)
Alana Preval, Senior, Chamblee Charter High School (Spelman College)

To view photos from Youth United’s end of the year reception, visit their Facebook page.

Board members not only helped steer the direction of Youth United, but also received board-certified training, learned how to fundraise and participated in all volunteer activities. And with 6 board members moving on to college, there are now 8 spots available to join Youth United’s board. Click here to apply. If you’re interested in becoming a general member and staying on the forefront of impact in Atlanta by volunteering when you have free time, click here.

Congratulations to our board members for launching Youth United and making an impact on the Greater Atlanta community!