UNITED WAY EXAMPLES
- Campaign for the Common Good
The United Way Campaign for the Common Good is a social action campaign designed to engage more individual and institutions in our education, income and health work.
- Community Engagement 101
Wondering what "community engagement" really means? This one pager from United Way Worldwide defines community engagement, lists principles for authentically engaging with your community, and describes the value of community engagement for United Ways planning for, resourcing and marketing their community change work.
- Engaging Families in Out-of-School Time Programs Toolkit: Tools to Strengthen After School and Youth Programs by Increasing Family Involvement
This toolkit is filled with tools, strategies, and resources for practitioners. Lessons are based on BOSTnet's (United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley) 4-year Engaging Families Initiative and strategies are provided for programs that are just starting to involve families and for those who want to improve already existing practices. These strategies were evaluated by the Intercultural Center for Research in Education (INCRE) at the University of Massachusetts as powerful tools for promoting self-assessment of program practices; and as feasible and practical strategies for enhancing parent involvement in after school.
- Greater Twin Cities United Way Out-of-School Time Community Pilot YouthEngagement Project, 2010
Detailed report from Minnesota's Supporting Student Success (S3) Initiative describing their youth engagement project. Designed by the S3 Youth Advisory Team in partnership with adults, the Minnesota YOUth Speak! Community Dialogs captured over 170 voices in 15 different locations from young people across the state of Minnesota through one hour conversations, co-hosted and facilitated by a youth and adult. Contains their project work plan, recruitment process, facilitator meeting agendas, dialog summary templates, a community dialog guide, and other effective youth engagement tools you can adapt for your own community's youth engagement efforts.
- Partnership for Out-of-School Time (POST), Richmond, VA
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg's web page designed to educate the public about Richmond's, Partnership for Out-of-School Time (POST). The United Way-led coalition of youth organizations is working to give every school age youth in greater Richmond the opportunity to participate in quality out-of-school time programs. Summarizes the issue, research, key partners, their plans and results.
- United Way - Strengthening Families Toolkit
There are many ways to implement the Strengthening Families framework and this web site is designed to help local United Ways through the process. Here you will find in-depth information on how to introduce and support the use of protective factors in community work, a flexible framework for promoting projects that use the protective factors; and a toolkit of supporting materials and activities.
- United Way Capital Area Middle School Matters Community Engagement Strategy
Summary of UWCA's (Austin, TX) Out-of-School Time Community Engagement strategy containing description, goals and questions for youth and family focus groups.
- United Way of Seneca County (UWSC) Out-of-School Time Meeting Agendas
UWSC's agendas for meetings with parents, school superintendents, business and the community to listen and learn from them regarding their hopes for children and the community, and to set up a process to work together moving forward to enrich out-of-school time.
- United Way of Seneca County Out-of-School Time Survey — Teen Questionnaire (2011)
This teen questionnaire, adapted from one developed by United Way of Tampa Bay, can be used to engage young people in discussing their wants and needs for out-of-school time supports.
- Valley of the Sun United Way (Phoenix, AZ) and Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE), in partnership with community stakeholders, developed an actionable agenda to strengthen the impact Maricopa County's out-of-school time network has for children and youth. Part of their process included focus groups with a variety of stakeholders including youth and out-of-school time providers. Youth and out-of-school time provider feedback, along with the partnership's focus group protocols and questions which can be adapted for use by other United Ways are listed below:
- You work hard. Brag a little!
Please submit your out-of-school time publications, videos, pictures, case studies, best practices, blog articles, reports and media mentions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your submissions will be reviewed by the education team and we will contact you if your tools are selected for inclusion in the toolkit. Thanks in advance for your submissions and contribution to our networks' work in out-of-school time.