Our vision is for some of the most vulnerable girls in our city to complete high school with pride in themselves, their community and their culture. This will pave the way for post-secondary and career opportunities, allowing them to reach their full potential, and live healthy and fulfilling lives.
Leading the charge, inspiring the change.
When we empower girls, everyone benefits. Girls who are educated, healthy and supported can transform their communities and pass on the benefits to their children, and to their children’s children. This is our chance to help vulnerable teenage girls by helping them through their junior high years and on to high school completion.
Women United will raise $2.5 million in the Alberta Capital Region over five years.
The funds will be invested to provide the following supports for girls and their families:
- Success Coaching
- Child and Family Therapy
- Nutrition and Lunch Programs
- Before and After-School Programs and Spring and Summer Break Programs
- Parent Support
Women United will also support cultural programming and provide youth-led mentoring opportunities, introducing the girls to different career paths and post-secondary education options.
$1,250 will support one girl and her family for one year. In 2017, donations to Women United will double their impact, thanks to the Edmonton Community Foundation Canada 150 matching grant.
One in five Edmonton students does not complete high school within five years. For indigenous and newcomer students, the high school dropout rate can be twice as high. The connection between high school completion and future success in life is well documented.
About Women United
Women United is an affinity group that brings together like-minded women who want to use their skills and talents to contribute to their community in a significant way. It is a network of over 70,000 female leaders worldwide who are passionate about making change happen through the empowerment of women and girls, to create future generations of leaders.
Ready to join the network or need more information, contact:
Jessi Thomson, Senior Advisor Major & Leadership Gifts
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
Direct: 780-443-8387 Email: JThomson@myunitedway.ca