United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Marian L. Heard Scholarship applications are due!

The Marian L. Heard Scholarship provides first-generation college students with up to $10,000 over the four years they attend college. In addition, scholarship recipients get their own “e-coach,” a United Way volunteer who provides advice and support throughout their post-secondary journey.  Apply now!

What if every kid had the chance to be all they can be?

No matter the neighborhood, the town, the city or the lot in life? Thanks to you, the next generation is receiving the critical support they need to succeed in school–and beyond. United Way’s youth efforts focus on building community engagement, promoting healthy choices and providing leadership opportunities. With your gifts and volunteerism, we support:

  • Academic programs that keep students on track to graduate
  • Mentors that inspire youth to stay in school
  • Initiatives that foster leadership skills and create bonds to the community

POINT OF IMPACT

The New Achievement Gap

What academic skills are important when middle school and high school students have a world of information at their fingertips? When all they have to do is Google the answer to a question about history, science or language and have it answered within seconds on smart phones?

That’s one reason why many schools are increasing their focus on developing 21st Century Skills in young people – skills like critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaboration and leadership – to ensure students succeed not only in school, but in college and beyond in an information age.

However, today in Massachusetts, almost 10% of youth ages 16-24 years old, representing 85,000 young people, are not in school and are not working. Boston alone has close to 12,000 youth who are disconnected from school or employment. This is creating a new achievement gap.
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INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

Youth Venture gives young social entrepreneurs the opportunity to envision, create, launch and lead projects that help their communities. Youth teams receive business guidance and mentoring from volunteers, attend workshops throughout the year and share their accomplishments with each other at a year-end celebration. Learn more.

Summer Learning Collaborative, a statewide collaboration aimed at increasing reading proficiency by targeting summer learning loss. In 2014, 85% of the 2,700 participating children avoided summer learning loss and 69% increased or maintained their reading skills. Learn more.

AmeriCorps Partnership, powered by United Way, the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National Community Service,  focuses on supporting the immigrant population in Lynn, MA and reducing the drop-out rate among immigrant students.  Learn more.

BoSTEM, a partnership between Boston Public Schools, Citizens Schools, Boston After School & Beyond and United Way, aims to ensure 100% of Boston’s middle school students have the opportunity to participate in expanded STEM learning experiences by 2020.  Today, these hands-on STEM learning opportunities are only available to 6% of Boston students through out-of-school time programming.  Learn more.

The Marian L. Heard Scholarship provides first-generation college students with up to $10,000 over the four years they attend college. In addition, scholarship recipients get their own “e-coach,” a United Way volunteer who provides advice and support throughout their post-secondary journey. Learn more.


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