Student United Way


Student United Way, or Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a high school volunteer group that meets every other week to plan service projects and fundraisers. A nationally recognized organization, Student United Way is led by an elected executive team. Currently, Student United Way is led by President: Aryana Villafuerte (Riverside Academy), Vice President of Public Relations: Sophia Dillon (Wenatchee High School), Vice President of Operations: Hadassah Lurbur (Wenatchee High School),  Secretary: Itzel Velazquez (Wenatchee High School) and Treasurer: Brynn Sherrell (River Academy). The group participates in many community service projects throughout the year including Lighthouse Meals, Lighthouse Gardens, and Financial Simulations. The group was also involved in events for Our Valley, What’s Next!



Aryana Villafuerte, 11

Vice President:
Public Relations


Sophia Dillon, 10

Vice President: 



Hadassah Lurbur, 10




Jizelle Torres, 11



Brynn Sherrell, 11

The Youth Leadership Council is incredibly proud of their flagship program, Student Opportunities Fund (SOF). The fund is set up for students in Wenatchee and Eastmont High Schools to receive mini-grants for items or costly expenses that will enhance their high school experience, even if they may not be able to afford the cost themselves.

YLC raised $4,896.70 for the 2015-2016 school year and gave back to Wenatchee and Eastmont High Schools through an application process and InvestED matching funds. The InvestEd matching designations were $500 each for Wenatchee, and Eastmont High schools, which will be matched, dollar for dollar, by InvestEd to meet the needs of the school's students. InvestED provides funding that supports the efforts of secondary schools throughout Washington state.

Each mini-grant has a $100 cap, though some applications have been approved for more. Students wishing to benefit from the Student Opportunities Fund may inquire about application with their school counselor, who will help them complete the application. The anonymous application will be reviewed and approved/denied by the Council and schools will be notified about the status of the application typically within 2 weeks. Most applications are approved with either full or partial funding.

The Council fundraises for the Student Opportunities Fund through Car Washes, Applebees Pancake Breakfast Fundraisers, Gift Wrapping at the Wenatchee Valley Mall, assembling the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce mailer each month, and selling their signature Opportunity Apples.

Youth Leadership Council, an official Student United Way, received
national recogniation for their Student Opportunities Fund