Helping kids thriveWhen you give directly to United Way of the Lower Mainland, you help gives kids the boost they need to succeed in life. Whether it’s making sure they are ready to succeed by the time they reach school, that they are fed so that they can focus on their studies instead of their grumbling tummies, or that they learn life skills and benefit from positive mentors, we help kids reach their full potential.
Many people in the Lower Mainland lack the resources necessary for giving their children a strong and healthy start in life.
By partnering with generous supporters like you, our goal is to put kids on the path to success. Investing in their development means giving them the opportunities they need to thrive.
We improve access to services, so that infants, children and youth can get a healthy start in life. We also tackle underlying barriers to the education and engagement of children.
- Giving young children a healthy start
- Helping school-aged children succeed
- Avenues of Change
- Early Years Refugee Program
In a year:
- We supported 50 agencies focused on creating opportunities for kids.
- The United Way supported more than 1,600 after-school programs in the Lower Mainland helping more than 49,000 children with academic support, learning about anti-bullying, and improving their social skills and physical health.
- Close to 4,700 mentors across the Lower Mainland helped children and their families grow their confidence.
- 38,000 counselling sessions were given to help children overcome challenges in school, at home and with their friends.
- United Way funds 6 coordinators who work at community school sites in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Surrey and New Westminster to help kids be all that they can be. In 2016, the community school initiative will expand to Maple Ridge
A great start
One in three kids in BC are considered vulnerable and face challenges when they start school. Kids like Felix, who’s parents, newcomers to Canada, speak Mandarin at home and, as is common in his neighbourhood, live in a high rise.