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 programs to ensure youth success. Programs include tutoring, mentoring, social-emotional learning and other educational assistance.
Youth Success Goal:
Youth gain the knowledge, skills and credentials to obtain family-sustaining employment.
Youth Success Programs funded by the United Way of Southwestern Indiana:
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, Boy Scouts of America
Scouting is an advancement system that helps Boy Scouts to 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, Boy Scouts of America
Activities molded around family; promotes youth engagement, leadership and service, and incorporates faith into every rank.
Outreach – Buffalo Trace Council, Boy Scouts of America
Encompasses Scoutreach and Exceptional Needs programs; an afterschool program provided for high-risk youth.
Healthy Habits – 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.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience,
Girl Scouts of Southwest IN
After school program that targets underserved, at-risk elementary, middle and high school girls.
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.
Live Y’ers – YWCA of Evansville
After-school and mentoring program for girls in grades 3 – 8 at two Evansville schools. In addition to after school programming, beginning in grad 6, girls are paired with a volunteer adult mentor, who meets with them at least once a month to act as a role model and coach. They continue their relationship through grade 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.