United Way's philanthropy of giving is all these students strived for. They raised the money, then allocated it. A process they handled all on their own.
"So they go out and meet with the agencies, the agencies submit proposals and what they are asking for," said Hess. "So they go and meet with them and find out what they are needing, whether it be a computer or whatever, and they go do their research on it.
As stewards of the money, seeing the various needs of the agencies is important.
"Just seeing that, it really strikes a chord in you," said Artis. "Seeing how fortunate you are, and how much you can really do to give back you your community."
An experience that kept the students motivated throughout the year long process.
"I loved it! I loved it so much! It was an eye-opening experience," said Artis. "If I could go back and do it again, I'd do it a thousand times over."
United Way leaders said giving has no age requirement, and the students who chose to be a part of this program, proved that true.
"You know the kids raise as much money as a lot of companies do," said Hess. "It's really good because they're the next people coming up to do that."
Thursday the youth presented the various organizations with checks ranging in amounts from 935 dollars to 4,987 dollars.