Education & Youth Development

Helping children and youth achieve their potential.

Within United Way’s four-county service area 50% of school-aged children live in poverty. One in ten of our school-aged children display chronic absenteeism leading to poor academic performance, an increased likelihood of dropping out, and an increased involvement in risky behaviors. Only 80% of students in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties graduate from high school on time with approximately 2,000 students dropping out of school each year.

United Way’s Education & Youth Development goal is to help all children and youth achieve their potential. We support programs that prepare children to start school ready to learn, help youth achieve academic success and graduate from high school on time, ready for college and the workforce. These programs provide supports to youth enabling them to successfully transition to adulthood and become contributing and productive members of the community.

Data Source: KIDS COUNT Data Center

For 2015, United Way is investing $1,310,725 in 30 programs supporting school readiness, greater academic success and positive youth development.

  1. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia: Kids Café
  2. Coastal Georgia Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America: Explorer Post Program
  3. Coastal Georgia Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America: ScoutReach
  4. Coastal Georgia Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America: Traditional Scouting
  5. DEEP Center Incorporated: After-School Writing Workshops
  6. Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs: Academic Success
  7. Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs: Triple Play – Mind, Body, Soul
  8. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia: The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  9. Greenbriar Children’s Center: Early Childhood Development
  10. Hodge Memorial Day Care Center: Day Care
  11. Jewish Educational Alliance: School Readiness
  12. Jewish Educational Alliance: Youth Development, Education and Recreation
  13. Kicklighter Resource Center, Inc.: Kicklighter Academy/Community Education
  14. Performance Initiatives: After School Program
  15. Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire, Inc.: Rape Prevention and Education
  16. Royce Learning Center: The Tutoring Center at Royce
  17. Savannah Country Day School: Horizons Savannah
  18. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center: Sound Start
  19. St. James Youth Services, Inc.: After School Kool Kids
  20. The Bethesda Union Society of Savannah, Inc.: Bethesda Academy
  21. The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire, Inc.: Empowering Youth Program
  22. The Salvation Army: After-School Tutorial Program
  23. Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.: Early Childhood Education and Development Center
  24. Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.: Lady Bamford Early Childhood Education Center
  25. Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.: Multi-Cultural Youth Arts Camp
  26. West Broad Street YMCA: Early Learning Center
  27. West Broad Street YMCA: Childcare, Education & Leadership
  28. YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc.: Childcare
  29. YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc.: Pryme Tyme
  30. YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc.: Welcoming Hispanic Family Initiative

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