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Student Success


We know that education is the key to ending poverty.

Community Schools

Community-based organizations serve as Lead Partners in community schools, helping to mobilize community assets and coordinate resources, in cooperation with school staff.

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Imagination Library

A free book-a-month program, thanks to your financial support, for all children under the age of five living in Erie County. Funds are raised locally and the program is administered locally by United Way of Erie.

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Success By 6

Success By 6 engages in community, family and school outreach opportunities locally and across the region to collectively address kindergarten readiness. The initiative consists of professionals working together to positively impact early childhood health, education and development.

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The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship.

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Positive Youth Development

Increases youth’s connection to positive relationships and experiences.

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Career Street

Delivers career exploration opportunities for students.

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United Way Scholarships Through Erie’s Future Fund

Erie’s Future Fund was created in 2011, an outgrowth of the Erie Community Foundation’s Early Childhood Advisory Panel in partnership with United Way of Erie County, Success By 6, members of the Early Learning Investment Commission (ELIC) and Erie Together. Leaders from the foundation, corporate, nonprofit and civic sectors sought to address growing concerns about the lack of school readiness among many children entering kindergarten, and the significant impact this was having now, and would have in the future, on Erie County’s economy and quality of life.

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