Youth Success


GOAL:  Youth have access to mentors, role models, and enrichments outside of the school day in a safe environment which enhances: personal growth, character development and academic achievement.


"My oldest went from shy and awkward to outgoing and confident due to the program (Samoset Scouting). Involvement in the Order of the Arrow, National Youth Leadership Training and Scout camp staff have created an outgoing, pleasant, respectful young man ready to be a contributor to society." – A quote from a parent survey in early January 2024.


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  • For many ALICE families, low wages and non-traditional work schedules mean before and after school care is necessary, yet unaffordable.
  • United Way’s investment in partner programs helps ALICE families bridge the gap – meaning families with financial need can access safe, trustworthy wrap around care.
  • 815 Children received before and after school, or summer enrichment through partner programs in 2023.
  • ALICE families don’t have the means to enroll in many youth programs, leaving children behind their peers and without valuable life skills.
  • United Way’s investment in partner programs provides sponsorships to ALICE families – meaning youth have access to mentorships and skill-building programs.
  • 962 Youth benefited from programs teaching leadership, life-skills, and healthy social development in 2023.
  • 167 Teens participated in the 2023 Teen Job Fair to engage with over 20 employers.
  • 5,700 was invested by Women United in 7 literacy programs at local elementary schools in 2023.
  • Over 150 volunteers made an impact through Great Book Giveaway, Stuff the Bus, reading mentorships, and the Youth Success Coalition in 2023.

Source:  Youth Success Coalition, Women United, United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties