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United Way works to End America’s Education Crisis

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. When children have access to high quality early learning programs that encourage parental involvement, they are more likely to achieve crucial milestones. In addition, youth only spend 20% of their lives in school, making learning that continues outside the classroom vital to their success. Students accessing high quality enriching programs, which are aligned with school day curriculum, are more likely to achieve academic milestones. 

Community Condition

  • 54% of children are not attending quality preschool
  • 88% of 0-5 year olds are not eligible for childcare subsidies
  • 23% of students will not graduate on time 61% of 3rd graders are not reading at grade level
  • 70% of 8th graders are not proficient in grade level math

2019/2020 Impact Grants:

  • All Genesee County Public School Districts (Early Childhood Literacy)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County (Community-Based Mentoring)
  • Boy Scouts - Water & Woods Field Service Council (Urban Scouting)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint (Greater Futures Start Here)
  • Crim Fitness Foundation (Community Education)
  • Fenton Area Public Schools (JumpStart Parent-Child Programs)
  • Genesee STEM Academy (After School Clubs)
  • Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (Girl Engagement Initiative - School-Based Programming)
  • Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (Uniquely Me! at Shelter of Flint and YWCA)
  • Grand Blanc Community Schools (2 Family Connections Parent Educator)
  • Hope Network (Reading Corps)
  • Lake Fenton Community Schools (Lake Fenton's Project Read!)
  • Linden Community Schools (Play TOGETHER/Learn TOGETHER)
  • Motherly Intercession (Reading and Counting to Success PLUS)
  • Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools (Enhancing Student Learning) 
  • Shelter of Flint, Inc. (Caterpillar Clubhouse)
  • Swartz Creek Community Schools (Pre-Kindergarten Literacy Program) 
  • Westwood Heights (After School Programming)
  • YMCA of Flint (Y Safe Places)

Our Programs

In 2014 the United Way of Genesee County launched A to Z Learn with Me! A partnership with Genesys Health Systems, Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Flint, A to Z Learn with Me! ensures every baby leaves the maternity ward with the materials they need to start their love for learning early! This year alone, the United Way plans to distribute 6,000 books and child development materials to Genesee County’s newest residents and their parents. 

With Community Development Block Grant dollars, the UWGC provides grants to small neighborhood organizations providing recreational activities to underserved City of Flint children.