Building Youth Success Beyond the Classroom
In a typical year, school-aged kids spend an average of 80 percent of their waking hours outside of the classroom. How they spend this time away from school has a tremendous impact on the way students see themselves, build healthy relationships and find their place in the world.
Youth United was created in partnership with the HV3 Foundation. The brainchild of Akron native professional golfer Harold Varner III, HV3 works to provide affordable access to youth sports and mentorship.
Youth United is a positive youth development and leadership program which helps students build connections throughout the community. It puts young people in touch with trusted adults – trained Success Coaches – who can provide guidance and inspiration, helping kids stay on track for high school graduation, prepare for college and/or a career and take advantage of expanded enrichment and professional networking opportunities.
Youth United advances our Bold Goal 2 – to boost high school graduation rates, college and career readiness and youth participation in extracurricular activities for Akron Public Schools students.
Youth United Enrichment Events
Adult Success Coaches and student Youth Leaders are invited to take part in enrichment events throughout the year, including opportunities to meet Harold Varner III, attend sports events, and spend time with local community and civic leaders.
Upcoming Event Dates:
- June 2 – Meet and greet with Harold Varner III at United Way’s Bold Glow Golf
- July 13
Success Coach Requirements:
- Must have a high school diploma or GED.
- Must commit to the program for a minimum of one year.
- Must complete a virtual/in-person interview.
- Must complete and pass a BCI/FBI background check.
- Must complete a virtual training course.