United for Youth Block Party

scenes from the last Block Party

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Let's celebrate the youth and families of our community and kick off a new school year.


August 17  |  3 - 7 PM
Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville


Let’s build on the great moments from last year! Connect and kick off the next school year right! This FREE event will feature youth performers, highlight young leaders, have free food, books, and activities for families and kids of all ages, a DJ, and more.

Partner organizations from across our community will be on hand to share their upcoming programs and services. Come grab a water bottle and a sticker with our new youth-created logo and end the summer with some serious fun.



  • Slay The Mic and DJ Genegotthejuice
  • LEAF Global (musicians and singers)
  • Vanessa Garcia (singer)
  • Reynolds High Marching Band
  • Madison Llorente - Spoken Word
  • Carolina Diva Diamondz - Dance Group
  • Maya Blue - Rapper
  • Asheville High Cheerleaders 
  • Tony & Tori - Dance and Singing Duet
  • Minør - Rock Band Asheville Music School
  • and more...

See Last Year's Event



And be sure to check out these partners and food trucks!

Community Partners

This list of tabling agencies is still growing so come back to see the latest list often.

  • A-B Tech Community College
  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • AMOS - Asheville Museum of Science
  • Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)
  • Asheville City Schools
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation 
  • Asheville Police Department
  • Au Pair in America 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Buncombe County Government -CAPE 
  • Buncombe County Parks and Recreation
  • Buncombe County Public Health Mobile Team
  • Buncombe County Public Library
  • Buncombe County Schools
  • Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Buncombe Justice Services
  • Buncombe Partnership for Children
  • CASE Consultants International
  • City of Asheville Community Engagement
  • Children First/Communities in Schools
  • College Foundation of North Carolina
  • Council On Aging of Buncombe County
  • Community Action Opportunities
  • Delta House L.E.A.A.P. for Success
  • Equal Plates Project
  • Food Connection
  • Goodwill NWNC NextGen Youth Program
  • Guardian ad Litem Program of Buncombe County
  • Institute for Preventive Healthcare and Advocacy
  • Irene Wortham Center
  • Racial Justice Coalition
  • Journeymen Asheville
  • Literacy Together
  • Loud Musings
  • MAHEC School Health Program  - School Nurses
  • Marvelous Math Club
  • Mountain Child Advocacy Center 
  • Odyssey School
  • OpenDoors Asheville
  • OurVOICE
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • Racial Justice Coalition
  • Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe
  • Resources for Resilience 
  • RHA and The Partnership for Substance-Free Youth in Buncombe County
  • The Christine Avery Learning Center
  • The Youth Matters Program 
  • Triple P WNC  (The Positive Parenting Program)
  • Umoja Health, Wellness, and Justice Collective
  • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
  • Verner Center for Early Learning
  • WNC Family Support Network- Mission Health

  • WNC Nature Center
  • YMCA of WNC
  • Youth OUTright
  • YTL
  • Zaniac Learning Center
  • 12 Baskets Café: a program of Asheville Poverty Initiative

Food Trucks

We've got enough to feed 1,000 people so bring the whole family. There's no charge for local families! 

Tasty Food

Blessed Soul Food

Cooking with Comedy

Island FT

Jamaican Flavors 

Smokee's Wood-Fired Pizza


Delicious Treats

AVL Cake Lady

The HOP IceCream

Kona Ice


Other Features

  • Asheville Parks and Recreation's Rec n Roll Van

  • a Youth Entrepreneur Hub where participants will sell their products

  • A STEM tent, sponsored by Pratt & Whitney, will house fun, interactive activities by the Asheville Museum of Science, Marvelous Math Club, CASE Consultants International, and an onsite volunteer project by United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County that will build bookcases for local nonprofit, Literacy Together.

  • Climb a fire truck and more

New This Year: College and Career Fair for Youth!

This list is also growing but high school and recent graduates can come to learn about employment opportunities from these local businesses:

  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Asheville Art Museum
  • Asheville Hotel Group
  • Bank of America Student Leaders
  • Baxter
  • Biltmore Farms, LLC
  • Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina 
  • Henderson County Local Government
  • Jackson Skycap
  • Spherion 
  • The Omni Grove Park Inn
  • UNCA
  • Verner Center for Early Learning
  • Virtelle Hospitality
  • YMCA of WNC

Ways To Engage


We're recruiting 100+ volunteers to support the United for Youth Block Party!

Help with setting up, checking in participants, handing out programs, assisting staff, and much more!

Head over to United Way's Volunteer Center, Hands on Asheville-Buncombe to sign up today.

For more information, contact Audrey Blackburn



Interested in tabling at the United for Youth Block Party?  The sign-up for is CLOSED -- if you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Jo Jamison 


Does your company or organization have paid internships or job opportunities for high school students and recent graduates?

  • We’d love to have your table at the Youth Job Fair within the Block Party! Please complete this form and we’ll get right back to you.


United for Youth is a partnership between Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and local health, social service, higher education, and youth services community partners.

United for Youth partners work together with youth and family leadership to ensure educational outcomes are determined by the high quality of our schools and partner organizations, the abundance and accessibility of opportunities in our community, the strength of our collaborations, and are never again predictable based on a student's race, home language, family income, or any other dimension of identity.

Learn More About United for Youth and Its Partners Here


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