United for Youth Network Centers Community Around Equity in Education


You have likely seen the United for Youth Network in recent news as our 8th community partner formally signed onto a new shared agreement. This agreement serves as an accountability tool in how we're collectively meeting our goal of aligning equity and education and ensuring that by 2035, ALL Asheville City and Buncombe County students graduate from high school ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams.

While United for Youth Network is a new name, the Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network it grew out of has existed for many years. This collective of partnerships amongst Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, representatives from over 50 local health, social service, higher education, and youth service community partners as well as student and family leaders uses a collective impact strategy to convene around a shared vision.

Together, we're working to share resources and strategies to ensure educational outcomes for our local students are determined by the accessibility of opportunities in our community and the quality and strength of our collaborations and are never again predictable based on a student's race, home language, family income, or any other dimension of identity. Together we are actively identifying and removing barriers to opportunity and co-creating solutions that support student success.

Learn More about the United for Youth Network + Partnership Agreement HERE.

In the News


United for Youth Network (U4Y) was recently in the local news in an article by WLOS capturing the presentation of the partnership agreement to our county commissioners. We're excited to share that the City of Asheville has since joined the U4Y Network amongst many other incredible local organizations. "Right now there's an incredible urgency around this challenge of the lack of equity in our educational system," our CEO Dan Leroy shared with WLOS.

We believe that factors, often referred to as the social determinants of health, are powerful determinants of education and must acknowledge that the "opportunity gap" isn't just an indicator of a problem within our schools, yet an indicator of a host of problems that must be addressed within our community.