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United Way Youth Empowerment Alliance
Our future depends on our youth. Behind this simple truth is an enormous responsibility.Today’s headlines – from tragic bullying cases to social media sites that encourage hurtful gossip – highlight the challenges facing our children.
To succeed in school and life, our youth needs to be equipped with skills like ethical decision making and conflict resolution. They also require the social and emotional competence to tackle tough issues with integrity, work together effectively, and contribute to their communities now and in the future. Not unlike algebra and geography, these skills have to be learned. And more importantly, schools need the tools to teach them in a positive environment – often referred to as culture and climate.
United Way Youth Empowerment Alliance is providing schools with the support they need to help prepare our children socially and emotionally for the future. Our grassroots approach involves the entire school community. We help students, teachers, administrators, staff, and parents face challenges and implement solutions together.
The best part? Students are involved in the entire process! Key to our success is student engagement. Many of the most successful, sustainable changes made in schools have been developed by students. When students have ownership in creating change, schools increase their chances of seeing real improvement.
We are working in many schools throughout northern New Jersey. As a result, we are reaching thousands of students, including many from ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families.
United Way Youth Empowerment Alliance Mission
United Way is ensuring students from kindergarten through high school have the skills and solid foundation needed to thrive emotionally, socially, physically, and academically – now and in the future.
United Way Youth Empowerment Alliance goals are to:
- Support schools as they improve their culture and climate to create an environment where children feel safe and connected, and can thrive emotionally, socially, physically, and academically
- Provide connections for youth to participate in their school community and cultivate social and emotional skills
- Convene the community around the critical dialogue of our children’s well-being
Click on the links below to learn more about our work to ensure our youth has the social and emotional skills needed to reach their greatest potential:
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