Community Partner: United Way

Think Together and United Way keep learning going after the school bell rings. Our partnership furthers United Way’s mission to improve education, income and health—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles funds afterschool programs in 13 middle schools. Kids participate in daily reading activities, Math and Science units focused on problem solving, and hands-on learning. Recently, students also volunteered at United Way’s Homeless Walk, an annual event that raises funds for the homeless community of LA. Kids explored real-world challenges and learned about the impact they can have in their community.

“While going over the lessons to prepare the students for the Homeless Walk, they were extremely engaged. They were sharing personal stories and giving one another advice,” says a Think program leader. The event helped students gain a better understanding of the homeless community and inspired them to make a difference in their own communities.

Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys contribute to afterschool programs in elementary schools in Riverside and San Bernardino County, where the focus is on developing the literacy skills of English Language Learners and on fostering healthy living habits.

Discussing the impact of the curriculum at Arroyo Elementary, our afterschool leader says, “CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) has given the students so much confidence and they enjoy that segment of the day the most. Harvest of the Month has given them insight on different ways to eat healthier. And Success Folders have given them more confidence to do homework and read better.”

With community partners like United Way, Think Together is changing the odds for thousands of kids in California. With homework support, health education, and a broader worldview, students are getting ready for college and career.

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