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Youth Development

Children & Youth

Education is the first step across the opportunity divide.
Ready, set, learn!

College and career readiness should never be dictated by zip code. All kids deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential and become the next leaders in our community.

Giving kids the skills to succeed in school sets them up for lifelong success and lays a foundation that will span generations to come. Education is change that lasts!

UWPV supports community efforts that focus on school readiness, mentoring, providing before and after school activities and support, increasing school attendance, reducing drop-out rates, and increasing the number of high school graduates. We are committed to creating and sustaining opportunities that ensure a successful transition through elementary, middle, and high school leading to graduation. Goal: Higher graduation rates = better academic, economic and life outcomes.

Educational Community Partnerships & Initiatives

Stay In School

When kids fall behind in school, they become frustrated and check out before they drop out. We intend to change that. Our community goal is to prepare students to graduate and succeed by motivating and empowering them to Stay in School.

Daily Attendance leads to graduation and offers a pathway to life success. The Stay In School Program increases student attendance in Springfield Public Schools. In 2014, daily attendance increased by nearly 3% between 4 Springfield Public Schools in one marking period; the next marking period, another 4 Springfield Public Schools showed an increase of nearly 1.5% in daily attendance.

The Funder Collaborative

The Funder Collaborative is a partnership amongst many funding organizations to support reading success.

Reading Success by Grade 4 (RSG4) – An initiative to help children learn to read proficiently by the end of grade 3.