The right support, training and education can change the direction of a young person’s life.
The challenge our community faces is not all kids have the same opportunities or support. But United Way of Southwestern Indiana is fighting to change what is available to them by investing in the following programs to ensure youth success. Programs include tutoring, mentoring, social-emotional learning and other educational assistance:
Safe Dates Program – Albion Fellows Bacon Center
Classes aimed at preventing dating abuse and identification of unhealthy relationships.
Ark’s Working Parents Program – Ark Crisis Child Care Center
Provides free care to children (6 weeks to 6 years) whose parents work or are seeking employment and have no alternative for safe, affordable childcare.
Ark’s High Risk for Abuse & Neglect Crisis Care Program – Ark Crisis Child Care Center
Provides free care to children (6 weeks – 6 years) at highest risk for abuse and neglect.
Youth Mentoring Program – Big Brother Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley:
Facilitation and support of meaningful mentoring relationships for youth facing adversity in our community.
Boy Scouts/Venturing/Exploring – Buffalo Trace Council
Scouting helps youth grow in self-reliance, in their ability to help others, and develop leadership skills.
Venturing teaches youth respect and how to work cooperatively with each other.
Exploring is a career exploration program for teens.
Cub Scouts – Buffalo Trace Council
Activities molded around family; promotes youth engagement, leadership and service.
Outreach – Buffalo Trace Council
Encompasses Scoutreach and Exceptional Needs programs; an afterschool program provided for high-risk youth.
Healthy Kids – Boys & Girls Club of Evansville
Provides support, resources, guidance and tutoring services to help students succeed academically while introducing them to career exploration.
Youth Program – Carver Community Organization
Provides fun and enlightening educational programs for students in grades K-12. Homework assistance and structured activities are included in this program.
Early Learning Center – Carver Community Organization
State licensed program that uses the Creative Curriculum to teach fundamentals and literacy skills to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
AARP Experienced Corps Evansville – Carver Community Organization
An academic mentoring program which is one of 19 Experience Corps project sites nationwide, addresses high-risk behavior of youth grades K-3rd by preparing them for successful educational and social development by utilizing the experience of older adults 50 & older.
School Counseling Program – Catholic Charities of Evansville
Assists students in overcoming problems, teaches life-skills for adapting and managing response to stresses, and helps youth practice healthy, risk-avoiding behaviors.
Healthy Family Relationships – Crisis Connection
Provides sustained, evidence-informed healthy relationship school programming to students in grades K-12.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience,
Girl Scouts of Southwest IN
After school program that targets underserved, at-risk elementary, middle and high school girls.
Counseling Program – Lampion Center
Professional counseling for children, adults and families who are dealing with difficulty functioning and coping due to a variety of stressors, traumas, and life transitions.
Early Childhood Education and Child Care – St. Vincent Center for Children and Families
High quality, curriculum-based early childhood education for ages 6 weeks to 6 years.
Child Life Center – The Arc of Evansville
Licensed child care center, offering child care and therapeutic programming to children with and without disabilities, in an inclusive environment.
Volunteer Based Child Advocate Program – Vanderburgh County CASA
Recruits and trains community volunteers to advocate for the abused and neglected children in our community that are going through the Juvenile Court System.
Community Action Program (Y-CAP) – YMCA of Southwestern IN
Safe, high quality, free after school program operating at school sites.
Caldwell Community Outreach Center – YMCA of Southwestern IN
Provides a safe, high quality after school program for children ages 5 – 18 years old.
ASPIRE (After School Program Integrating recreation & Education – YMCA of Southwestern IN
Implementation of 21st Century Community Learning Center programming at school sites.
Warrick County Y-Read – YMCA of Southwestern IN
Works to improve reading skills at or above grade level.
Live Y’ers – YWCA of Evansville
After-school and mentoring program for girls in grades 3 – 12.
Youth Success Story – Aleah
“Healthy habits is a program that has helped me make better choices.”
Seven years ago Aleah became a Boys & Girls Club member and since then has transformed into a knowledgeable, persistent, and well-rounded young lady. Aleah discovered her many talents and her own voice through participation in youth success programs centered on abstinence, bully prevention, mental, physical, and behavioral health. As a participant in the Healthy Habits Program, funded by United Way, Aleah learned how to create positive relationships with peers and adults, and also gained valuable social development skills. Through the Healthy Habits program, Aleah participated in cooking classes, along with a variety of sports and recreational activities. In addition, Aleah learned the value of volunteering, and donated her time working at the Boys & Girls Club and throughout the community. She also became a member of SMART Moves, which helped her hone decision-making and critical-thinking skills.
Being involved in youth success programs introduced Aleah to community supporters who helped her transition from a child to an educated teen, preparing her to make smart choices as she becomes an adult.
Aleah Continues to Excel
Today Aleah lives with her mother and attends Harrison High School. She has an older brother who is serving in the military. This year, Aleah became a Boys & Girls Club Junior Staff member working with girls ages 6-9. In this role, Aleah continues to grow, working closely with Boys & Girls Club staff and learning the importance of patience and adaptability.
Youth success programs play a critical role in shaping the lives of young adults who need us most. Our community is full of aspiring leaders like Aleah willing to make a difference by helping others. That’s why United Way fights for all kids to have the opportunities to be a part of youth success programs where they receive help, inspiration and the support they need to succeed.