Helping Children & Youth Achieve Their Potential
United Way's Goal
United Way is working to cut the number of high school dropouts by 2018. Improving education is a big job, that starts long before children enter school. When youth come to school behind their peers, they rarely catch up. The same children struggling to read in 3rd grade, are getting suspended in middle school, and dropping out a few years later.
High school graduation is a critical building block for a good life. That’s why United Way of Calvert County has put a stake in the ground– and is putting energy behind this goal in early literacy, out of school supports, self esteem building, and college and career exploration.
How You Can Help
Passionate about making a difference for our youth? Sign up to volunteer, tutor or mentor a young person in our community. Or help provide strategic oversight to our efforts by joining the School Readiness or Youth Engagement Impact Councils. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 286-0103.
School Readiness Advocacy
Month of the Young Child
Spreading awareness of the importance of early education with presentations and resources on brain development and best practices for parents and providers. Celebrating young children throughout the month of April with a themed poster contest and Commissioners’ proclamation
Angel Tree Book Drive
Collecting new and gently used books for over 600 children in need during the holiday season
E-Reader Early Literacy Pilot Program
Providing early literacy curriculum and e-readers to 10 eligible families in a learning party setting - expanding their home library, preparing them for the school years and introducing them to library programs and resources
Early Education & Care Advisory Council (ECAC) for Calvert County
Establishes annual school readiness benchmarks, conducts periodic needs assessments and develops an action plan to address gaps and disparate populations; Part of the MD Race to the Top grant.
School Readiness Impact Partners
Increase Access to Early Learning Resources for Parents with Young Children
Healthy Families & HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youth) - Expanded Home Visitation and Family Fun Fest
Providing home instruction on parenting and early literacy education for parents of young children; Coordinating the annual Family Fun Fest events in two communities annually, introducing 500 parents and young children to easy early learning activities in every learning domain while connecting them to programs and services from over 20 local agencies
The Promise Resource Center - School Readiness Impact
Empowering 360 parents, providers and professionals with learning kits, family workshops and online resources promoting early literacy to improve Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) scores in specific communities
Youth Engagement Impact Partners
Out of School Support to Youth in Underserved Neighborhoods.
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Community Mentoring
Providing one to one, professionally-supported youth mentoring to 10-15 at-risk youth through collaborations with Department of Social Services Foster Care and other local child serving agencies.
Calvert Collaborative for Children & Youth - Asset Development
Introducing approximately 250 youth and parents to the 40 developmental assets with youth forums, workshops and activities during the one-hour lunch.
East John Youth Center - Summer Camp
Offering a structured summer camp in Lusby, providing learning enrichment opportunities, and supports for the social and emotional development for 40 youth, ages 5 to 16, 50% of whom qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch
College and Career Exploration Opportunities for Middle School Youth
Southern Maryland College Access Network - You CAN: Early Awareness of College Accessibility and College Preparedness
Offering monthly sessions and workshops for 15-20 8th grade youth at Calvert Middle School and their parents to explore careers and the benefits of higher education, learn about classes needed to prepare for college and the supports available for the college application process
Communications on Healthy Relationships and Self Esteem for Youth
Barstow Acres- Therapeutic Summer Day Camp
Helping 25 at-risk youth, ages 5 to 16, learn healthy behaviors such as reading social cues, making friends, anger management and conflict resolution in a fun informal camp setting
Care Net Pregnancy Center - REAL Choices Outreach
Educating over 1,000 parents, youth and caregivers on the characteristics of healthy relationships, consequences of premature sexual activity and tools to avoid risky behavior
Center for Children - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Traumatized Children
Counseling 30 children, ages 3 to 14, suffering from disorders related to traumatic life experiences, using research-based methods to help both parent and child process the trauma and learn how to cope
Tri-County Youth Services Bureau - Diversity Dialogues
Engaging 40 teens, ages 10 to 21, with sessions that help them explore diversity and confront distorted perceptions, with a focus on developing culturally competent youth.