Helping kids to be all that they can be

Did you know…

… 29% of young children are experiencing developmental difficulties

…20% of youth have not completed high school after 5 years

These are staggering facts.

It takes more than academics to succeed in life. Positive attitudes, adaptability, organizational skills and interpersonal behaviours all fuel future potential. United Way partners with 13 programs to support 5,535 children and youth on a path to discover the person they were meant to be. Through our investments we are improving access to essential programs for children and families who could not otherwise afford them.

How we are making a difference

We have made three-year grants available to enable more stability for programs.

We have invested in 13 programs that support more than 5,535 children and youth.

By increasing access to quality early learning programs, young children can actively explore and engage in learning and will have the skills they need to achieve.

By increasing access to out-of-school programs that develop essential life skills and increasing opportunities to build healthy relationships, we increase the possibility youth will have improved self-esteem and make healthy choices.

We are a partner in the Red Deer Early Years Coalition in their efforts to build community awareness on the importance of the early years.

We have promoted in the importance of early childhood and positive youth development through our newsletter and social media.

A life is changed

“She is growing older and more mature as a person in general, including her self-esteem… she seems more sure of herself and able to speak up for herself even in simple situations like talking to someone while ordering food” (parent comment)

Funded Programs

Bashaw & District Support Services

  • Family Wellness Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe

  • In School Mentoring in Lacombe and Blackfalds

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka

  • Mentoring in Ponoka and Rimbey

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer & District

  • Mentoring programs

Boys & Girls Club of Red Deer

  • Camp Alexo
  • After School Kids Clubs

Butt Ugly Anti-Tabacco Program Society 

  • Butt Ugly Core Program

Heartland Youth Centre

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Caseworker
  • Rainbow Program

kcs Association

  • Early Learning for Young Children

Ponoka Youth Centre Association

  • Out-of-School Programs in Rimbey and Ponoka

Rocky Youth Development Society

  • Out-of-school programs

Sundre and District Nutrition for Learning Society

  • Breakfast and snack program