Youth Leaders Accepting Grant Applications

The Valley United Way Youth Leadership Program is in the process of conducting its annual allocations process and has identified areas of need for which it will consider allocation proposals. The group annually allocates $2,000 to benefit Valley agencies that support and meet the needs of youth in the Valley as identified by the members of the Youth Leadership Program. The Valley United Way Youth Leadership Program has decided to address the following areas of critical concern that are affecting youth today for this year's grants, road/driving rules; texting and driving; bullying, dating violence; after school youth programs and social media.

Click here for a printable .pdf form or here for a Word form to fill out and mail or e-mail back to Valley United Way by January 15.

During the week of January 20th teams of Youth Leaders will conduct interviews with Agency Executive Directors to learn more about their grant request. Since Youth Leaders were accepted into the program in April of 2013, they have been involved in leadership training models that have equipped them to be completely prepared to meeting and conducting this extremely important interview.

On January 31, 2014 twenty seven members of the program will board a bus to Camp Jewell in Colebrook CT for a weekend retreat to review the grants, participate in outdoor winter fun activities and return on February 2, with results and lists of grants that will be funded. Special thanks to a grant from Prudential which is funding the entire project.

The Youth Leadership Program welcomes organizations that have participated in previous years, but also would like to gain new and innovative ideas to reach the outcome-based measurements that are needed to create social change.

Congratulations to Our New Officers

(L-R) Elise Sullivan and Samantha Orner (co-secretaries) and
Louis Nicoletti and Alli Dunne (co-presidents)

Elise Sullivan is a junior at Shelton High School. At school, she is the Vice President of her class and the junior representative of the Drama Club. She is also on the Executive Board of the Student Council, on the yearbook committee and a member of the Spanish club. Outside of school, she does theater with Center Stage Theater in Shelton. She is very excited to be the co-secretary of the Valley United Way Yourh Leadership program! 

Louis Nicoletti is a senior at Ansonia High School. He is a varsity baseball captain and the President of the 2014 class at Ansonia. "I have been in Valley United Way Youth Leadership since I was a freshman and have grown so much thanks to this group.  I look forward to making this the best experience it can possibly be for myself and the rest of the Youth Leaders as this group's President." 

Ali Dunne is a senior at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden and is a resident of Derby. At school, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, SADD, and the school newspaper, Alethea. She also spends a lot of her time at Center Stage in Shelton, both performing and volunteering. 


Prudential Provides Youth Leadership Training

Youth Leaders pictured with
Prudential Program Management Directors Jen Kryzanski and Michael Quan

Prudential Program Management Directors Jen Kryzanski and Michael Quan provided 3 hour leadership training to 22 Youth Leaders on July 9 at Prudential's offices in Shelton. 

The Leaders participated in several activities that focused on communication, team building, problem solving, communication cooperation, consensus building and communication influencing. Prudential not only provided the training, but also the pizza and soda! It was a fantastic afternoon for everyone, and the students learned many skills that will assist their growth as leaders and provide a solid foundation for their allocations process work later in the year.

The Prudential Foundation joined the Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation this year as major funders of the Youth Leadership Program, and their hands-on involvement in the training is another sign of their commitment to the youth of our community.

For an album of pictures from the day, click here.


Youth Leaders to help "Stamp Out" Hunger

Youth Leaders Named

New members for 2013

Twenty-five students from the Valley who attend nine area high schools will be members of this year's Youth Leadership Program - the 24th year that it has been offered. Fifteen of the members are new to the program this year. The students formally began their year when they attend Camp Jewell in Colebrook for a team building weekend.

Click here for more pictures from the weekend


Alyssa Orlofsky

 Ansonia  High School

Christopher Majchrzak

Ansonia High School

Louis Nicoletti

Ansonia High School

Abbrianna Lynne MacGregor

Derby High School

Andrea  Lynn Alabarell

Derby High School

Emma Baker

Hill Regional Career High School

Sylwia Zamrizycka

Hill Regional Career High School

Daniel Barnard

Holy Cross High School

Deja Gentile

Oxford High School

Emma Bee Schwarz

Oxford High School

Gianna Tadduni

Oxford High School

Samantha Orner

Oxford High School

Travis Pyka

Oxford High School

Ali Dunne

Sacred Heart Academy

Abigail Lynch

Seymour High School

Christopher Pawlowski

Shelton High School

Elise Sullivan

Shelton High School

Hudson Boles

Shelton High School

Michele Siu

Shelton High School

Stacie Nolan

Shelton High School

Bethany Catlin

St Joseph High School

Courtney Salinsky

St Joseph High School

Devan Rae Cargnel

St Joseph High School

Matthew Salinsky

St Joseph High School

Allison Rafferty

St. Joseph High School


The Youth Leadership Program is made possible through the generous support of the Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation and The Prudential Foundation which provide core funding for the program.

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