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All that kids can be.

Every kid deserves a chance to have a great life—to develop from a curious, happy child to a healthy and productive member of society. But in order for that to happen, kids need to be set up for success from an early age. And for those growing up in poverty, witnessing domestic violence, or facing issues like mental illness or neglect, this is often not the case.

That’s why United Way invests in early-years and mental health supports to build self-esteem and overcome bullying for kids, and education and employment opportunities that help youth successfully transition to adulthood. By investing in their lives—from early childhood to young adulthood—we ensure kids in Greater Victoria have everything they need to thrive today, and in the future.

Our Investments

United Way invested $947,000 in 2018/19 within 31 programs to provide children and youth with the resources and opportunities they need to grow up healthy and achieve success.

Did You Know?

3%

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

13%

BC children and youth aged 4-17 are experiencing mental disorders and just one-third are estimated to be receiving specialized mental health services.

10%

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

Trend

Growing up can be tough. Not every parent has access to the essential building blocks to raise a healthy child. Alarming numbers of young people are not completing high school and are experiencing unemployment.

Strategy

United Way works to ensure that every infant grows into a healthy child; every child has the support he or she needs to do well in school; and every young person makes a successful transition into post secondary or the workforce.

Goal

To help children and youth get on the right path to succeed in life by investing in their development from early childhood to young adulthood.

A place to find comfort

When Nuhaa’s family first moved to Canada, it was a difficult adjustment. But a United Way program made it easier.

“I was born in Syria, but when I was four, my family had to leave because it was too dangerous there. So we went to Jordan. I liked it there because my grandparents and aunts and uncles would spend summers with us. When I was eight, we moved to Canada because my parents thought…”