Lynn Youth Successfully Pitch “Shark Tank-style” for United Way Funding

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 The Camp Fire North Shore team successfully pitched their project, “5k Throwaway”
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Sourced from United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

At United Way’s Youth Venture “Pitch Day” at Simmons College Saturday, thirty teams made their pitches “Shark Tank”-style. They were were judged by volunteers from Boston’s business community and awarded up to $1,000 in seed money to get their community-benefiting ventures off the ground.

Two teams associated with the Lynn Y and a team from Camp Fire North Shore that also included students from Lynn managed to win over the judges.

Camp Fire North Shore’s team project, “5k Throwaway” (, a 5k race to pick up trash around Lynn, received the full $1,000 funding.

One YMCA team, called Lynn Youth Podcast, pitched launching a podcast featuring young leaders from Lynn’s four high schools and won full $1,000 funding.

Another Lynn YMCA team won $750 in seed funding for “We Are Hear,” a support group system for struggling teens, where all youth feel accepted and have a voice, to help decrease suicide attempts.

And yet another Lynn YMCA team won $750 for “Leveled Streets,” teen-friendly interactive events that promote health, drug-free living and an environment that is safe for prosperity and self expression for middle school youth.

United Way’s Youth Venture initiative invests in teams of youth to develop, launch, manage and sustain community-benefiting projects, and provides them with ongoing training, mentoring and financial support to actualize their ideas.

The volunteer mentors include young professionals, many from local companies including Hubspot, Brown Brothers Harriman, Bain, and many more.  They not only judged the pitches on Saturday, but have helped mentor the youth teams and develop the business curriculum for them to prepare their pitches.

Working with industry leaders in the fields of marketing, technology, community development and finance, United Way’s Youth Venture provides learning opportunities to youth that builds readiness for jobs and careers through communication and project management, leadership and teamwork.

Last year, the Youth Venture team out of West Roxbury, Youth Unleashed, won a $10,000 prize from United Way to help launch their venture formally. The team, which developed an “app” to engage more youth in community center programming and activities, recently won an additional $6,000 from the Accelerator Startup Challenge at Wentworth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center!

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  1 comment for “Lynn Youth Successfully Pitch “Shark Tank-style” for United Way Funding

  1. Linda Sullivan
    December 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Terrific! 👍

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