Summer job gives youth experience for the future

As some may say, youth hold the key to a better future. However, without work experience before their adulthood, youth are more likely not to succeed in their future career. 

The Youth Summer Employment Program (YSEP) at Oakridge and the Evelyn K....

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United Way announces progress toward Goals for 2020

At the LIVE UNITED celebration on April 24, 2019, United Way of Central Iowa announced progress toward the community’s Goals for 2020 in Education, Income, and Health with the release of its 2019 Community Impact Report. The event also honored Athene

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3 Youth Career Readiness Programs in Des Moines

Youth in central Iowa, particularly those living in poverty, are much more likely to graduate high school and earn more money throughout their lives if they’re well prepared to succeed from the start. According to the Urban Institute, over a third...

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Central Iowa students need to see many paths to success

For many students, for many reasons, college may not be an option. Yet, many alternative paths exist that can lead to well-paying jobs and long-term financial stability. As stakeholders at businesses, schools, nonprofits, and the community, we have...

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Central Iowa Works to advance retail careers with grant

The National Fund is awarding $900,000 in grants made possible through a grant from Walmart to the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, Central Iowa Works, and SkillUp Washington. The grants will be given in $100,000 increments each year for...

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4 Ways United Way Supports Middle School Students

Middle school is a time of transition. Students attend new buildings and learn new routines. Relationships shift and evolve. Academics become increasingly rigorous—all while experiencing significant physical, social, and emotional...
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Vision to Learn Provides Glasses to Students to Improve Learning

 A community kick-off event at Lovejoy Elementary this morning celebrated the launch of Vision To Learn in Des Moines and provided 20 students with free glasses to help them succeed in school and life. Approximately 160 students at five Des Moines...

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Students make gains in reading through Read to Succeed

Central Iowa students involved with Read to Succeed have shown significant improvements, United Way of Central Iowa announced at a press conference today at Willard Elementary School. United Way also renewed its community-wide call to action by...

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5 Myths About Missing School

You probably played hooky once or twice as a kid to savor that sweet feeling of sleeping in and watching daytime television. So when you hear about students who are chronically absent—missing 18 school days or more a year—you might imagine hundreds...

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Reversing Summer Learning Loss in Central Iowa

As schools dismiss for the summer, kids look forward to the long summer break. For some, that means carefree days at the pool, a fun and enriching camp experience, a family vacation, and a long list of summer reading to enjoy. After three months fly...

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