Helping Children and Youth Achieve their Potential through Education

United Way of Broward County understands a good education builds the foundation of individual and community success. However, there are still so many obstacles preventing our children from entering school ready to learn and succeeding academically. That's why United Way is committed to supporting services, programs and activities that best prepare children for school, ensuring they have the social, emotional and intellectual tools to attain academic success.


Whether you are a parent, a teacher or a Broward County resident, you can make a difference in the quality of education the children in our community are receiving. Learn more about the exciting education-related initiatives United Way of Broward County continues to provide to our community in this special Youth Success edition of our monthly e-newsletter.

Children from low-income families enter school linguistically disadvantaged, knowing

5,000 words compared to economically

advantaged children knowing 20,000 words.


ReadingPals:  Volunteers Wanted

In the first year of the ReadingPals initiative focused on engaging, training and deploying volunteer "reading pals" in our community. As a result, ReadingPals quickly made its mark in Broward County. Last year, ReadingPals contributed 1,833 hours and impacted the lives of 167 students while helping them improve their reading skills. The need for such a program is evident, as the number of locations with ReadingPals grew from three in 2012 to 12 in 2013.  Volunteers were hard at work throughout the summer attending training sessions in preparation for the upcoming school year. 



There is still time to become involved with ReadingPals. It only takes one hour a week to make an impact for a lifetime! To sign up to become a volunteer, click here. 


ReadingPals in the News   

The ReadingPals initiative was featured in the August issue of Davie Town Times. Click here to read the article.   

By donating to United Way of Broward County,

you can help a child reach their full potential through

 a quality education. Your help provides at-risk

youth with the tools and support they need

to graduate and make healthy choices.

Tools for Kids   


Tools for Kids Over the summer, Publix Super Markets held an in-store promotion for United Way of Broward County to help provide children in our community with school supplies. The items purchased with these dollars will be distributed to Broward County public school teachers. Publix shoppers had the opportunity to donate $5, $7 or $10 at the checkout and received a free reusable bag as a thank you. 


A special thank you to Publix and Publix shoppers for the money raised to ensure our students and teachers have the tools needed to succeed in school.  



MISSION UNITED's Back to School Drive  

In early August, United Way of Broward County, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, held a Back-To-School Supply Drive for children of local Broward County veterans and active duty military service members as a part of the MISSION UNITED initiative.

Thanks to the support of generous donors and corporate partners, more than 230 backpacks were filled with school supplies and handed out at the William Kling VA Clinic in Sunrise. Because of your support, hundreds of kids will have the school supplies they need for the first day of school.






Upcoming Events

Rock United

Friday, September 20 

6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Revolution Live

For more info, click here.  





Mayors' Gala

Saturday, October 26 

6:00 p.m.  

Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center 

For more info, click here.  




Day of Caring

Friday, December 6 

7:00 a.m. 

War Memorial Auditorium  




Did you know? Approximately 1.2 million students drop out of high school each year - that's one child every 26 seconds of the school day.

Celebrate Choose Peace Week!  

Choose Peace/Stop Violence celebrates its 4th Annual Choose Peace Week on September 16 -20. The week is devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of a peaceful society for children and families. Click the flier below for a complete list of Choose Peace Week activities.   



Help United Way Continue to Make a Difference

United Way of Broward County is committed to mobilizing the resources of our community and finding common sense solutions to problems facing Broward County. Help us continue to achieve great work by making an online donation today. Click here. 


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Did you know? In Broward County, 19% of third graders scored in the lowest of the five levels on the FCAT reading tests.

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