United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change by creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce and through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals.
We work with local business partners to create work-based learning opportunities for students. We connect schools and students to employers and employees for career exploration. And, we increase availability of and access to internship opportunities across the region.
United Way of Southwest Virginia partners with the Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide Reality Store simulations for 8th-grade students across the entire Southwest Virginia region.
In Virginia, all seventh-grade students are required to complete a career plan. However, many of these students have no idea what careers are available or what skills they need to have to be successful in the workforce.
5 C's Workshop
United Way of Southwest Virginia works to enhance the region’s workforce by not only connecting youth to employers but also by assisting youth in their development of essential skills.
Ignite Internships provides our region’s high school students with a four-week summer internship component designed to teach critical workplace skills and prepare students for the workplace through hands-on work experience.
Educators in Industry
Many educators in Southwest Virginia are unaware of the job opportunities available for their students in Southwest Virginia.
Operation Tomorrow's Workforce
The Leaders Breakfast is an invitation-only event for business CEOs, legislators, city managers, county administrators, workforce investment boards, school superintendents, and other cross-sector leadership from throughout the region.
2022 Ignite Careers Expo For Youth
Sept. 27-28, 2002: Back in person and better than ever!