United for Youth Network

The United for Youth Network is a multi-generational, cross-sector cradle-to-career partnership built on the principle that "Equity and Educational Excellence are Inseparable."

This partnership is forged between Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and representatives of local health, social service, higher education, and youth services community partners.

Together, we work towards a shared vision that:

All schools and partner programs are safe, welcoming, and compassionate.

All families and neighbors have the support and tools they need for healthy and successful lives.

All students graduate high school--ready for college, career, and community.


 

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United for Youth partners work together with youth and family leadership to ensure educational outcomes are determined by the high quality of our schools and partner organizations, the abundance and accesibility of opportunities in our community, the 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.

Our Vision: ALL children and youth learn, grow, and thrive in a vibrant, healthy, and connected community.

Our Mission: To actively identify and remove barriers to opportunity and co-create solutions that support student success.

Our Goal: By 2035, ALL Asheville City and Buncombe County students graduate from high school ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams.

The Partnership Agreement serves as a mutual accountability tool; a way to measure if, and how, we are meeting this vision, mission, and bold community goal. It is not the end itself, but a guide helping us move toward the fulfillment of a promise.

SEE THE FULL U4Y PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT HERE

Representatives from the partner organizations are also active members of three workgroups: 

  • Early Warning and Response System - responsible for system-wide leadership including design, implementation planning, training, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement.
     
  • Shared Professional Learning - mapping existing professional learning opportunities, coordinating wider cross-organizational access to those learning opportunities, and developing new learning opportunities where there are gaps in current offerings. 
     
  • Results Based Accountability - supports the United for Youth members in using reliable and community-specific data - coupled with the wisdom of students, families, and community members - to guide how our school and community partners are working together to achieve measurable results.

For more information about these workgroups, or to express interest in joining a workgroup, please contact zack.goldman@unitedwayabc.org

Community Partners

The work that you see has been developed in conjunction with the following organizations over the past eight years with new partners aligning as we speak. As we always say, this work cannot be done alone. It must be done together in community. 

AMS Resource Team

  • MANNA
  • UNC Asheville
  • My Daddy Taught Me That
  • My Sistah Taught Me That
  • ABCCM
  • LINKS
  • Asheville Housing Authority
  • Buncombe County Community Engagement Team
  • Racial Justice Coalition
  • Bountiful Cities/FEAST Asheville
  • Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers
  • Delta House Life Development
  • Mt. Zion Community Development
  • YWCA of Asheville
  • Our VOICE
  • College Foundation of NC
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation
  • MAHEC

Enka Resource Team

  • Francis Asbury UMC
  • Lake Hills Church
  • YMCA of WNC
  • Bank of America
  • MANNA
  • ACCESS Family Services
  • Simply Home
  • ABCCM
  • Enka High School Honors Society 
  • UNC Asheville

Erwin Resource Team

  • YMCA of WNC 
  • Buncombe County Community Engagement Team
  • RAICES
  • MANNA
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
  • BCS Nutrition Department
  • UMOJA
  • Access
  • UNC Asheville

Owen Resource Team

  • YMCA of WNC
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Valley Hope Church
  • Owen Middle PTO
  • Dynamite Roasting
  • Beverly Hanks Realty
  • Black Orthodontics
  • MANNA
  • Black Mountain Savings Bank
  • Biltmore Church
  • Bounty & Soul
  • Grey Beard Realty
  • Youth OUTright
  • ACCESS Family Services
  • Big Brother of Big Sisters WNC
  • Ingles
  • UNC Asheville

Reynolds Resource Team

  • MANNA
  • YMCA Horizons
  • Covenant Community Church
  • Blacks Orthodontics 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
  • ACCESS Family Services

UWABC contracted partners for Community Schools

  • ACS and Housing Authority of City of Asheville
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation
  • ACCESS Family Services
  • Buncombe Partnership for Children
  • Coeur Consulting LLC
  • Land of the Sky UCC
  • UMOJA
  • YMCA of WNC

Results-based Accountability workgroup (data/evaluation of the network)

  • ACS
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation
  • BCS
  • City of Asheville
  • Buncombe County
  • YWCA of Asheville
  • MAHEC
  • DJJDP
  • YMCA of WNC
  • Buncombe Partnership for Children
  • NC Center for Health and Wellness

Early Warning and Response System workgroup

  • ACS
  • BCS
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation
  • Open Doors of Asheville
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
  • YMCA of WNC
  • Delta House Life Development
  • Children First/Communities In Schools
  • Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Youth Transformed for Life (YTL)

Cross Sector Leadership Team (CSLT)

  • ACS
  • BCS
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Asheville
  • Buncombe County
  • Buncombe County Sheriff's Department
  • Buncombe Partnership for Children
  • Children First/Communities in Schools
  • My Daddy Taught Me That
  • UNC Asheville
  • Western Carolina Rescue Mission
  • My Future NC
  • Racial Justice Coalition

Restorative Practices

  • Asheville Middle
  • Enka Middle
  • Erwin Middle
  • Montford North Star
  • Owen High
  • Owen Middle
  • Reynolds High
  • Reynolds Middle
  • TC Roberson High
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation
  • A Caring Alternative
  • AB Tech
  • Access Family Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
  • Buncombe Alternatives
  • Children First / Communities in Schools
  • Consulta Tu Compa
  • Helpmate
  • LEAF Global Arts
  • MAHEC
  • Mountain Child Advocacy Center
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • RHA
  • UNC Asheville
  • Western Carolina University
  • YMCA of WNC
  • YWCA of Asheville
     

Network (additional regular participants not yet listed above)

  • Evolve Early Learning 
  • Youth OUTright
  • Rainbow Community School
  • NC Outward Bound School
  • Jordan Peer Recovery
  • Poder EMMA
  • Consulta Tu Compa