United Way is proud to be All in for Youth.

 

This first-of-its-kind local initiative focuses on getting children and youth successfully through their education years and on to high school graduation. All in for Youth brings together programs and services in a new way to help every child achieve their very best, by providing support to them and their families. 

By taking care of critical needs now, we stand a far better chance of helping them get through tough times, build skills and set children up for academic success.


Education is the foundation for a bright future. But sometimes in life, challenges get in the way and extra support is needed.

FACT: 1 in 5 Edmonton students do not complete high school within 3 years.


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3-Year Plan: Helping thousands of kids in five pilot schools

All in for Youth supports children from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and is currently being piloted in five demonstration schools where there is a high need for services:

  • St. Alphonsus Elementary/Junior High
  • John A McDougall Elementary
  • Delton Elementary
  • Spruce Avenue Junior High
  • Eastglen High School

 

When families are struggling, they often lack funds or connections to get them the help they need.  All in for Youth combines the services of past programs – Partners for Kids, Schools as Community Hubs and Out of School Time.

 

All in for Youth removes barriers to learning, helping students and families in five ways:

  1. Ensuring all students are confident and accomplished in reading and writing;
  2. Delivering nutritious food programs, mentoring and counselling, right in the school;
  3. Offering before and after school programs, as well as programs during fall, spring and summer breaks;
  4. Supporting families through counselling, community resources and adult education; and
  5. Providing a positive school culture, with caring staff and high quality teaching.

All in for Youth is outcome driven and tied to specific academic performance. 

These foundational markers will help measure success:

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Grade 3 Reading Level
  • Building Resiliency
  • Successful Transition from Junior High to Senior High
  • High School Completion
 

Building better futures means benefits for families and our community.


Along with helping children succeed in school and helping their families get stronger, we will see many other benefits:

  • Improved social equity for children facing barriers, including children who are indigenous, immigrants and refugees;
  • Improved employability of youth and an elevated quality for our workforce;
  • Contributions toward ending the cycle of poverty; and
  • Reduced costs to taxpayers of remedial education, health care, social supports, etc.
 
“It’s a huge relief as principal to know, with the challenging issues people face, I can point to someone that can help. Each partner is helpful to a family. While we’re prepared to deal with crisis situations, our work is aimed at prevention – we’re all dedicated to seeing each child succeed.”
— Nancy Webber
, Former Principal, Delton Elementary School

You can help support the efforts of All in for Youth through donations and volunteering.

For information on how you can provide financial support for the program, please contact United Way of the Alberta Capital Region at 780-990-1000.

For information on volunteer opportunities through Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area, please call 780-424-8181

or E4C at 780.424.7543


Collaborating to Help Children Succeed

This innovative program is made possible through the dedication of social sector partners and municipal government – all committed to being All in for Youth and families.