Youth Council

Catawba County Youth Council

United Way Youth Community Investment Process

The Catawba County United Way Youth Council was formed in 2003 under the direction of Mr. Stephen Shuford, a United Way Board member and business leader in our community.  Mr. Shuford led this effort with the belief that youth who become involved in their community as a teen, continue to be active as they become adults.

In 2014, the Catawba County United Way Youth Council merged with the Catawba County Youth Council led by Donna Mull with Catawba County Cooperative Extension. The group is made up of 32 high school students with at least one representative from each high school in the county. Membership applications are available through the guidance departments at the local high schools or by contacting Donna Mull at 828-465-8240 or email

How it works

The Youth Council focuses on giving a voice to the young people of Catawba County in matters of government and increase involvement in volunteerism and giving back to the community. They are also the lead group for the United Way Youth Community Investment process where dollars are allocated to agency programs that specifically benefit children and teens locally.

The Youth Council meets monthly during the school year. Meetings often include presentations on topics of interest to this age group as well as informative sessions featuring county government and non-profit representatives.

Applications from non-profits for the United Way Youth Community Investment process are typically accepted in early March. More information is available by contacting Catawba County United Way by phone at 828-327-6851.

VIDEO - 2019 Youth Council Community Investment Process

Catawba County Youth Council