EDUCATION

United Way is committed to ensuring every child gets a strong start in life and stays on track to succeed and become a contributing member of the community.

“It’s simply a chain,” says CEO, Bill Varner. “Children who succeed in kindergarten are more likely to be strong readers by the time they’re in the third grade.”

Getting a strong start in life will help with the other issues such as literacy, employment and graduation rates.

United Way provides financial support for eight agencies with missions of improving education. The programs range in scope from early childhood, scouting and child-care to after school programs and mentoring.

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OF MENTORED YOUTH SHOWED IMPROVED SCHOLASTIC COMPETENCY
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OF YOUTH WHO RECEIVED EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES SHOWED REPORT CARD IMPROVEMENT
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OF 5-YEAR-OLDS WHO PARTICIPATED IN PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS AT THEIR AREA YMCA DEMONSTRATED READINESS FOR KINDERGARTEN

Seth's Story

Seth had a speech impediment and his parents found it hard to get the teaching and education he needed to excel. Seth received services from EXcELL, a program that is part of Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia. Smart Beginnings and United Way work together as a part of the Central Virginia School Readiness Initiative.

“To have that advantage of being able to go into the classroom and not feel like they are behind…we want to make sure that we are reading to him and recognizing alphabets and letter sounds…That’s probably the best part of the EXcELL program. It allows us to do that with a more formal and comprehensive approach, because we do not have the expertise for that.”

86% of report cards showed an improvement of at least one letter grade in math since the last grading period.

Agency Highlight- Jubilee Family Development Center

The Jubilee Family Development Center provides a safe and encouraging environment for tutoring and mentoring students. With afterschool programs, the Jubilee Center helps students focus on their education while also providing social support services. By measuring students’ success, both academic and personal, Jubilee proves that the knowledge that someone believes in you can generate tremendous pride in oneself.

The United Way of Central Virginia partners with not-for-profit agencies that have demonstrated their ability to address our most challenging issues, the ones below are related to Education.

Recent Causes

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    Sustaining Our Students – Backpack Program
    Raised: $9,023.00
    Goal: $50,400.00
    United Way of Central Virginia is proud to be entering its fifth year of the Sustaining Our Students (S.O.S.) Backpack Program. The program currently provides 10 meals and snacks and juice packed in a backpack every weekend during the school year to children who have been identified as “food insecure” by a teacher, counselor, or by a parent, and possibly without a reliable food source on the weekends.
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    United Way General Fund
    Donated: $21,647.00
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