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Last month I wrote about ways to ask young people their opinions.  Well, we’ve been practicing.  We just completed community conversations with 5 different groups in Buncombe County.  As part of conversations in over 35 communities around the country, our local discussions will be folded into a national report on the kind of community people want to live in and what gets in the way – particularly around young people who have dropped out of... Read More
Getting at Results In the past 15 years or so, there has been a significant push to get social programs to measure their results.  United Way, Urban Institute, Harvard Family Research Project along with the General Accounting Office of the US Government and many others developed training and resources to assist nonprofits, federal agencies and other groups in determining if their programs actually worked for the people they served.  And over the... Read More
  Young people say that they have ideas but no one hears them. Last summer, I had a session with high school students and they said: School staffs don’t ask students their opinions or if they do ask, they don’t listen. They gave some examples including food service and a tardy policy. Students need to keep trying to make their voices heard.   Basic Recipe: Ask for an opinion Listen to the answer Repeat what was said Don’t express your opinion... Read More
“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... Read More
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. My name is Ann, and I’m interested in these discussions for a number of reasons – I have two children who went through the Asheville City School System, I... Read More
United Way is excited to begin a new blog dedicated to discussing Education topics. Check back soon and join the conversation! Read More
Volunteers are the backbone of a national movement to provide free tax filing and access to Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income working Americans. Through EITC, families making below $40,000 annually can receive up to $5,028 when they file their tax returns. EITC may increase a family's income as much 40% and bring millions of federal dollars to under sourced communities. Volunteers play a major role in every step of the process.... Read More
GMC, the official vehicle of the National Football League (NFL) has generously donated 70 Super Bowl XLV tickets to help United Way bring awareness and impact to the issue of youth health and wellness.   Through January 9, 35 Super Bowl packages—two game tickets, a four night stay at an NFL-sanctioned hotel, a private meet-and-greet with former NFL players including two-time Super Bowl champion Deion Sanders, and more—will be auctioned at www.... Read More
Education & Assistance Corporation (EAC) and United Way of Long Island, in cooperation with the Suffolk County Department of Social Services (DSS), graduated their first of three classes of students who participated in the Green Jobs Corps. on March 26. The program was established in December after the state awarded a $600,000 grant to Suffolk County. The Green Job Corps. provides education and training to DSS recipients seeking employment... Read More
Among 30 developed countries, the United Sates ranks a dismal 25th in Math and 21st in Science. In fact America ranks 20th in graduation rates. The problem does not end there. When a child doesn’t finish high school, they earn significantly less and are eight times more likely to end up in prison. Waiting for “Superman” a new documentary from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim seeks to raise the national dialogue around the nation’s... Read More