The Situation in Maricopa County
200,000 students are in unsupervised situations during out of school time.
- Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and risky behavior.
- Students without positive adult relationships may be experiencing struggles keeping up in class, managing their time, or simply making it to school.
The Solution: Quality After School Program Support
With the support of donors, United Way works to improve access and quality of after school programs. We are able to help after-school centers offer mentoring and counseling to support kids who may be failing classes, not getting along with their parents or peers, or are going through other hard times. This support leads to improved readiness for post-secondary education and employment.
“My mentor inspired me to keep dreaming.”
– India, Student
Supporting kids in after school programs
- 90% of students in these programs showed a positive relationship with an adult – this can indicate academic success
- Volunteers and program staff provide 304,724 mentoring hours toward helping kids succeed
- 115,000 students have access to quality after school programs
How Can I Help?
Support a Local Student
Your generous gift will provide one student with access to these resources while attending programs after school. Choose to support over the summer, during the school year, or all year round. A donation of $30 can support one student in after school programs for one month, and $360 can support a student for a year.
You can help break the cycle of poverty by volunteering at Interview Fairs, FAFSA Days, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) College Application Days, and Project Connect.
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available to support our community.
Visit vsuw.org/volunteer to learn more.