Student United Way Leadership Retreat


CLICK HERE to be directed to the 2015 Student United Way Leadership Retreat, September 11-13, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia.


Young people across the country are improving their local communities by giving, advocating and volunteering in the areas of education, income and health. This powerful force called Student United Way is a network of more than 75 student-led organizations around the world in four different countries committed to advancing the common good.

The Student United Way Leadership Retreat is the annual gathering of student leaders, United Way staff, and university advisers from across the network. It’s an opportunity for students to gain valuable leadership skills, discover their potential to create positive change in their communities and forge lasting relationships with each other and United Way.

Registration fees are waived for United Way staff, student leaders, campus advisors and members of Omega Delta Phi fraternity. Beyond access to this learning opportunity, the waived fee includes transportation to and from the Capitol Hill tour, meals and SWAG.

Please note: All attendees must make their own arrangements for travel and lodging.

General sessions will focus on:

  • Increasing understanding of United Way
  • Understanding the impact Student United Ways can make in communities, while sparking individuals deep-seated passion to improve lives
  • Practical, real world skills for clubs
  • Professional/career development for individual student leaders
  • Teaching United Way staff how to maximize the opportunity of managing a Student United Way


Registration is closed for the 2014 Retreat.

Click here to register for the 2015 Student United Way Leadership Retreat, September 11-13, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia.


The Student United Way Leadership Retreat will be held at United Way Worldwide’s Mary M. Gates Learning Center located at 701 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.


Friday, September 12
Registration: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Capitol Hill Tour: 2:15pm – 4:30pm (depart from United Way Worldwide) [Optional: Available for first 50 registrants]
Dinner Reception: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Opening General Session: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday, September 13
Breakfast and Check-in: 8:00am – 9:00am
General Session: 9:00am – 9:50am
Learning Sessions: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Lunch and Photos: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Learning Sessions: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
General Session: 3:10pm – 4:00pm
Learning Sessions: 4:10pm – 5:00pm
Office Hours and Club Sharing: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Dinner and Student United Way Award Presentation: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunday, September 14
Breakfast and Check-in: 8:00am – 9:00am
Closing General Session: 9:00am – 9:50am
Office Hours and Club Sharing (during departures): 10:00am – 11:30am


Hotels near United Way Worldwide:

Crowne Plaza Hotel Old Town Alexandria

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites: Alexandria-Historic District

Sheraton Suites in Old Towne Alexandria


Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport, only 3.9 miles (one subway stop) away from United Way Worldwide. The Sheraton Suites in Old Town Alexandria and other listed hotels provide shuttle to and from the airport.

DC’s historic Union Station is ideal for Amtrak riders. Upon arrival, you can either take the subway to United Way Worldwide or procure ground transportation (Taxi, Uber, etc.)

DC's historic Union Station has ground transportation service through Greyhound, Megabus, BOLT and more popular services.

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