Making sure kids get the resources they need in order to break the cycle of poverty for future generations.
It all starts here! When a child goes into their education journey ready to learn, it sets them up for success in the future. We partner with quality care centers in our community to allow them to continue to provide top-level care.
In Arizona, if a child isn’t reading at grade level by 4th grade, they could be held back. Because teachers don’t always have the time to do one-on-one guided reading sessions, students are now able to get connected to passionate professionals, volunteering to tutor, thanks to Vello Online Tutoring.
When a child attends an after school program, they have access to mentoring and counseling to assist with life and school challenges, including readiness for post-secondary education and employment. United Way works to improve access and quality of after school programs.
Each summer, students can lose knowledge equal to two months of learning. To prevent summer learning loss, we are partnered with out-of-school summer centers to add tools to retain and improve literacy skills for kindergarten through 3rd graders.
For children with limited access to food at home, school may be the only place they can get a nutritious meal. We believe in helping kids have a better relationship with food and more focus on their education, not their hunger.
Although many schools offer breakfast in the cafeteria, studies how that kids are more likely to actually eat breakfast when it is served in class. When breakfast is served in the classroom, there are fewer nurse visits, decreased overall tardiness, and less behavioral problems in class.
If we are going to help young people in the Phoenix area succeed - bettering the community for all of us - it will require a unique approach. Thriving Together is a collective impact initiative, combining rich data with people of a variety of backgrounds and perspectives - all with the shared goal of creating a better future for our youth.
Vello tutoring creates a huge impact not only for tutored students, but also for the volunteer tutors themselves. Meet Derek and Cynthia, two devoted tutors from Wells Fargo, a key partner in this program.
More students across Maricopa County love reading and are growing their skills thanks to Vello. This year students, teachers, and parents have continued to see improvement and success with this online tutoring program.
The summer slide is not as fun as it sounds, it refers to the loss of learning that children can experience in the summer months. You can help your child keep their literacy skills up over the summer just by mixing a few minutes of reading into each day!
Kids Fest, which was held at Friendship Park in Avondale last weekend on April 6th, was an amazing opportunity for volunteers to come together and create a Book-In-A-Bag for each child. Our Book-In-A-Bag Project makes literacy fun for kids.
Interview Fair Helps Metro Tech Students Prepare for Their Futures
Last weekend, 42 volunteers gathered at Metro Tech High School for another exciting interview fair. More than 200 students participated and learned valuable tips and advice on how to be the best interviewee they can be.
As part of our fight for kids, we have partnered with Murphy schools to bring innovation back to the space. On March 27, we distributed 100 laptops to the district, donated by University of Phoenix, for students to use.
Gardening with Girl Scouts for Women’s History Month
Operation Uplift partnered with the Arizona-Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts and our friends from the Tiger Mountain Foundation to celebrate Women’s History Month by tidying up the Garden of Tomorrow, located in South Phoenix.