Help Make Education Inequality #UNIGNORABLE

Today’s kids are tomorrow’s leaders. When kids grow up emotionally and socially healthy, it carves the way for a brighter future, benefiting our entire community. A child’s future health, learning, and behaviour begin to develop in their early years, so failure to reach developmental milestones—such as the ability to communicate, regulate emotions, and maintain relationships—can have long-term effects on a child’s confidence and competency to succeed.

Circumstances

It’s critical that kids have healthy coping skills, strong family or social connections, and proper opportunities to learn. Otherwise, it makes it hard for them to handle challenges in school, manage their health, pursue their dreams, and meet their full potential.

A place to all home

As they grow older, they are supported through investments that help youth develop a sense of identity, create career and post-secondary school goals, adopt a value system, and develop deeper relationships. These investments in childhood yield lifetime societal benefits.

Programs and supports

United Way invests in programs that support kids and youth to develop the skills they need to thrive and make emotionally healthy social connections. Our childhood investments help young children learn positive social skills, increase interactions with their peers and mentors, access interactive learning environments including traditional knowledge transfer, and feel a part of their community.

10%

Kindergarten children on Southern Vancouver Island are considered vulnerable in the area of communication skills and general knowledge.

1 in 4

Grade 7 students on Vancouver Island do not have sufficient reading skills.

3%

Canadian children have a learning disability – that’s the equivalent of one child in every school bus full of children.

Help solve this issue.

There are so many ways you can do local good in your community—right here, right now. Even the smallest actions have the power to change someone’s life. Doing local good is all about helping people who might be struggling. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger, or a coordinated effort to raise money for good at your workplace. By taking action, you’re helping put an end to some of the biggest issues in Greater Victoria —including mental illness, domestic violence, and poverty. You’re showing your belief that everyone deserves to live a great life in a great place. You are a champion for your community.

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