With Book Buddy being new to the Perry Child Development Center, and the kids being a little younger than the typical buddy, staff were unsure if the program would be successful. As the first couple of weeks got underway, Chase and his fellow students looked forward to when their Book Buddy friends would come.
Aisha faced a shattering decision: acquire a husband three times her age or forfeit her family and her country. Those were the options her father presented her with in the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan—one of the most isolated regions in the world. She was a 16-year-old from Des Moines.
After a childhood spent in foster care, Cecelia got pregnant while still in high school. Scavo's Teddy Bear Town, funded by Women United, provided high-quality child care to Ezequiel while she earned her diploma.
United Way started the Real Men Read program so that kids could see more men modeling good reading skills and serving as mentors. Jon Sullivan, a retired lawyer from Ankeny, stepped right up to the challenge.