Get involved!

If you – or a young person you know:

  • See a need in your community related to poverty, mental health, children & youth and/or newcomers
  • Want to help
  • Have a great idea that will make a difference

Get involved with London Life Youth United and help change people’s lives!

Youth aged 13 to 24 years old are encouraged to identify a need in their own community, gather a group of friends, create a plan to address the need, discuss the proposed project with us and complete an application form.  If your project is accepted, you could receive up to $1,000 in funding for the project.

The Spring 2018 funding cycle is now closed.

How do I get started?

  • Review some basic criteria to give you an idea of what you’ll need to consider for your project.
  • Download the application form [ Word ] and submit the completed document to the Community Impact Coordinator via email ( or fax (519-438-9938). The next deadline for applications will be Friday, March 2, 2018.  If submitting your application via email, please ensure the file is saved as a .doc, .docx, or pdf format.
  • Click here for some tips and tricks about grant writing

Click for information about projects funded during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 granting cycle.

About London Life Youth United

United Way is committed to nurturing leadership and volunteerism in young people in order to support their initiative and contribution to the development of a strong and caring community.

One of the ways United Way offers youth the opportunity to play a more active role and have some decision-making power in their communities is through our London Life Youth United program. Youth United is sponsored by London Life through the national corporate citizenship program of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.

London Life Youth United provides small grants to youth-initiated and youth-led volunteer teams that have developed a creative action plan to address an issue related to poverty, mental health, children & youth or newcomers . With the support of teachers, principals, community leaders, their peers, United Way and others, London Life Youth United applicants develop their own solutions and responses to the problems that concern them. They learn skills necessary to design, implement, monitor and evaluate meaningful and relevant community projects.

London Life Youth United Advisory Council

The London Life Youth United Advisory Council is made up of young people who market and promote the grant program, review funding applications, interview youth teams and decide which projects will receive funding.

How to get involved:

The 2017-2018 London Life Youth United Advisory Council is now accepting applications. Interested in applying? Easy, just simply submit your resume and cover letter to Ashley Thorne via email ( Please be advised that the Council meets Friday evenings from 4-5 PM at the United Way office located at 409 King Street. Meetings will be held weekly from September 2017 until March 2018. We look forward to receiving your applications!

If you have any questions about the youth programs, please contact:
Ashley Thorne
Community Impact Coordinator
Ph: 519-438-1723
Ext. 339

Dakota HalfpennyLondon Life Youth United