Children and youth are one of our community’s greatest assets. The reality is, far too many young people are struggling. Poverty, food insecurity, mental illness, safe places and spaces, and a lack of early years supports can have life-long effects including their ability to finish high school. United Way sees the potential in our youngest citizens and that youth engagement and targeted community supports are instrumental in life-long success.
To give children and youth in our community the support they need to get a great start in life, do well in school and reach their potential.
Your support makes a difference. In 2018:
2,193 parents or guardians participated in programs that helped enhance their capacity to support their children’s development.
4,000+ youth participated in free or subsidized social, physical, and recreational programs.
1,000+ students participated in workshops, and educational opportunities targeted to mental well-being.
4,355 at-risk youth accessed places and spaces that provided safety, security, and acceptance.