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
This requires deliberate systematic planning and an ongoing commitment from engaged community leaders. Here's the plan:
Is United for Children working? Yes! United for Children has positively impacted over 4,000 children in Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Outcomes include advances in reading and mathematics, increased school attendance, gains in students actively participating in their own learning, and improved health and wellness.
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.