“How involved are you in the lives of young people?” This question came up as part of a recent dinner conversation. Those of us with grown children tended to say we were when our children were at home, but not so much since then. We talked about children who were friends with our kids and if we influenced them in a positive way. I was reminded of Callie, a beautifully spirited young girl whose home life was chaotic. I remember sharing with her our house rules along with the news that when she was at our home, she became part of the group expected to follow the rules. She seemed pleased
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In summer 2011, CAYLA students participatd in United Way's Community Conversation on Education
Let’s talk about learning and school. This is the launching of my education blog so people can share thoughts and ideas about educating young people – particularly in Asheville and Buncombe County.
- Are you all about connecting people in our community to meaningful volunteer opportunities? Do you believe that when our community joins together to tackle problems we are all stronger for it?
- If so... we are searching for a director of Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, a program of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.
Wow, 2011 you were an incredible whirlwind! So much happened and here are just a few of the highlights we thought you'd want to know about:
A record number of attendees were present for Tuesday morning's Legislative Briefing by the NC Budget and Tax Center and United Way of North Carolina. The gathering, held at AB Tech's Enka campus is one of 10 being held across the state and is expected to be the largest.
Last year, over 10% of 2-1-1's call volume was from individuals seeking assistance for utility bills. Cold weather often increases our area's need for utility assistance, as many community members struggle with the high cost of keeping their families warm each winter.
Did you know that nationally 1,200,000, or 1 in 3, teens drop out of high school every year?
By the time Amanda called 2-1-1 of WNC, she was at her wits’ end. She had done all she could to encourage her 12-year-old son, Jackson, as he struggled with school and his new environment now that she was divorced from his dad. However, Jackson needed more help than Amanda could provide. He tried to overcome a reading disorder, dyslexia, and had become a B student at the beginning of middle school, but his gains were being erased by his bad behavior, and he now disliked school.