United Way is proud to be All in for Youth.
This first-of-its-kind initiative focuses on getting local children and youth successfully through their education years and on to high school graduation, which is a critical milestone toward breaking the cycle of poverty. All in for Youth brings together programs and services in a new way to help socially vulnerable children achieve their best, by providing a range of coordinated supports 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 and poverty-free futures.
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.
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 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 - providing wrap-around services to solve some of the complex problems experienced by vulnerable students and their families.
All in for Youth removes barriers to learning, helping students and families in five ways:
- Ensuring students are accomplished in reading and writing and confident;
- Delivering programs in school, such as nutritious food programs, mentoring and counselling, right in the school;
- Offering programs outside of school such as before and after school programs, as well as programs during fall, spring and summer breaks;
- Supporting families through counselling, community resources and adult education; and
- Providing a positive, inclusive school culture.