COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY

EDUCATE. VOLUNTEER. ADVOCATE.

K2C PROGRAM

The Kindergarten to College (K2C) Savings Program aims to make higher education more accessible by opening college seed accounts for kindergarteners at many of Sacramento’s schools. Research on programs similar to K2C shows that students with any college savings in their name, like the K2C Seed Accounts, are 3x more likely to enroll in and 4x more likely to complete college.  

The effects of universal enrollment savings programs like K2C in Robla indicate that this is the best model for achieving equity in college savings. Overall savings and rates of savings increase significantly among low- and middle-income households in universal programs when compared to individual “opt-in” programs. This leads to a more equitable distribution of savings for college and ensures inclusion in the program outside of households who already save. These positive effects only increase over time. 

We hope that this leads to a generation of youth with high expectations, commitment to continued learning, and access to higher education. 

WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT:

We show up for K2C! Not only do our fundraising dollars go directly to funding this program, but we also show up for volunteer projects at Robla School District.

LITERACY

When kids hit reading and math milestones, we know they are on track for college.

From kindergarten through the end of third grade, students learn to read. From fourth grade on, kids need to be able to read in order to learn. Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success, and early age literacy is vital to education. We understand the importance of investing in early learning tools that will set students and families up for a lifetime of success. Studies show students reading at grade level are four times more likely to graduate from high school.

TOGETHER, WE CAN UPLIFT OUR COMMUNITY

In celebration of National Literacy Month, we created the Read to Succeed campaign to encourage literacy in students and families around our community. Promoting literacy is most successful when it’s in the early stages of children’s development. Building children’s communication skills will boost their understanding of the immediate world around them and will lay the foundation for a prosperous future.

MAKING A COLLECTIVE IMPACT ON EDUCATION

United Way became the lead convener of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2014. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a nationwide initiative dedicated to empowering young children to read at grade-level by the end of the third grade.

Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn and to mastering the more complex subject matter they encounter in the fourth-grade curriculum.

WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT:

We have a commitment to help re-imagine little libraries across the region starting with the Fruit Ridge Community Collective location on Sept 19th! We also fundraise to help these campaigns.

FOOD INSECURITY

According to River City Food Bank, Sacramento County is America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, yet it is also home to over 230,000 individuals facing food insecurity.

A common misunderstanding is that the majority of people who need food assistance are the homeless and mentally ill. That is not the case. And there is not one type of hungry person in Sacramento, but many.

  • One-third of the meals we provide feeds a child
  • One out of 10 of our clients is a senior
  • Many of our clients have income from employment and may even have previously considered themselves middle class, but today they are “working poor”
  • Many of the people who seek help are disabled, including older veterans
  • Many are grandparents who are primary caregivers to their grandchildren

One out of four children in Sacramento County lives in poverty. Almost half of the people in the county who are food insecure have children under 18 living in the home.

Hunger affects children’s cognitive development, readiness to learn, and overall health, even into adulthood. Children who don’t get adequate nutrition when they are three years old and under actually suffer permanent damage during this critical period of rapid brain growth.

Hungry children often perform poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they cannot concentrate. They also may have more social and behavioral problems because they have less energy for complex social interactions, and cannot adapt as effectively to environmental stresses.

All this is a good reminder to be thankful for what we have—and that we should give our time and money when we can.

  • Donate good healthy food to food banks (and not just the expired cans of food from your pantry—those aren’t good enough for your family and they aren’t good enough for the food bank).
  • Donate cash. It allows food banks to buy exactly what they need for their specific population. And a donation to United Way helps break the cycle of poverty by helping families build their incomes to become financially stable.
  • A high percentage of food banks and pantries don’t have much in the way of paid staff. Volunteers make things happen.

EDUCATE. VOLUNTEER. ADVOCATE. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the Dates: Oct 6 – Oct 27 – Nov 17

The challenges of 2020 have tested our community’s creativity and resilience.

As we work remotely or differently in light of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important that young professionals continue to build professional and leadership skills while also taking time to support their personal well-being and health of their communities.

Join us for this virtual professional development series as we REMIX the rest of 2020!

Volunteers Needed.

7:30 AM-11 PM

If you’re looking for an opportunity to give back to your community, meet fellow YLS members, stay socially distanced, and have a bit of fun, we have an opportunity for you!

We are now taking volunteers for our October 24th volunteer event at Orangevale Fair Oaks Food Bank. We will be helping with logistics and canned food drive. Email Katie Demaio today if you are interested or have any questions.

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