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.]

For 2016, United Way of the Coastal Empire is investing $1,367,090 into 30 programs that assist youth in the personal growth and academic achievement:

  1. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia: Kids Café
  2. Coastal Georgia Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America: Explorer 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, Inc.: Afterschool Writing Workshops
  6. Deep Center, Inc.: Block by Block
  7. Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs: Academic Success
  8. Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs: Triple Play: Mind, Body, and Soul
  9. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc.: The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  10. Greenbrier Children’s Center, Inc.: Early Childhood Development
  11. Hodge Memorial Daycare Center: Daycare
  12. Jewish Education Alliance of Savannah Georgia, Inc.: School Readiness
  13. Jewish Education Alliance of Savannah Georgia, Inc.: Youth Development, Education, and Recreation
  14. Kicklighter Resource Center, Inc.: Kicklighter Academy/Community Education
  15. Performance Initiatives, Inc.: Afterschool Program
  16. Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire, Inc.: Rape Prevention and Education
  17. Royce Learning Center: The Tutoring Center at Royce
  18. Savannah Country Day School, Inc.: Horizons Savannah
  19. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, Inc.: Sound Start
  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: Afterschool 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.: Multicultural Youth Arts Camp
  26. West Broad Street YMCA: Childcare, Education, and Leadership
  27. West Broad Street YMCA: Early Learning
  28. YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc.: Childcare
  29. YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc.: Pryme Tyme Y Readers
  30. YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc.: Welcoming Hispanic Families Initiative

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