In 2012, United for Children sprang from a simple question: What if we aligned around the success of our children?
United for Children creates new opportunities for children in South Hampton Roads to succeed. More families are becoming self-sufficient. Teachers are finding innovative ways to promote the love for learning. Support initiatives have been launched that combine developmental science with creativity. We are changing the odds by leveraging resources in a results-driven collective impact partnership.
United for Children brings together Hampton Roads community partners to provide resources and opportunities for children and families living in or at risk of falling into extreme poverty. Through a collective impact approach, we work together to:
- Identify and align existing efforts
- Understand community assets and gaps
- Implement additional individual, family, neighborhood and school interventions to prevent multi-generational poverty
Is United for Children Working?
Yes! United for Children has positively impacted thousands of children in South Hampton Roads. Outcomes include advances in reading and mathematics, increased school attendance, gains in students actively participating in their own learning and improved health and wellness.
The Roadmap to Success:
- Kindergarten Readiness: In 2019, 1,600 children received high-quality developmental screenings from a United for Children partner. 20% of these screenings required intervention related to delay and disability.
- Grade-Level Reading by Grade 3: Students enrolled in Summer LEAP in Suffolk showed no summer learning loss while most Suffolk Public School students lost up to 40 points on their back-to-school literacy exams.
- STEAM Proficiency: 89% of students attending out-of-school programming through a United for Children partner improved in reading and/or math.
- On-Time High School Graduation and Employment: In select United for Children programs, 100% of teens receiving one-on-one support are on-track to stay in school and reach graduation.
What’s next for United for Children?
We will continue supporting the whole child through education, as well as improving their lives outside of the classroom. Our focus includes emotional and physical health, basic needs, and enrichment opportunities to develop career skills like teamwork, communication, critical thinking, responsibility and resilience.
“When we are successful, our children will graduate high school ready for life as strong, self-sufficient employees, parents and citizens.” – Lewis Web, Chair, United for Children
Sarah*, a survivor of human trafficking, had escaped exploitation only to find herself homeless, broke and carrying a criminal record she didn’t deserve, making it hard to find employment. That was until April 2020 when she was referred to Survivor Ventures’ crisis...
Jon and Damien* are teenage brothers living in the St. Paul’s neighborhood of Norfolk. They live with their stepdad and one younger sibling – their mom has been in jail for the past three years. Trying to provide for three boys, their stepdad works two jobs but still...
Together, United for Children partners make a difference by:
Helping local parents understand pediatric developmental milestones, implementing a nationally validated assessment tool across the region …
Meeting the need where it’s at, helping teachers provide a way for local teachers to provide shoes, glasses, books, and nutritional meals to students, striking down barriers to learning in the classroom …
Installing state of the art computer labs in public school systems, and providing after-school care for students in need …
Providing safe community spaces to play by bringing partners together to build playgrounds in underserved areas.