When you join other community members in investing in United Way, your donation improves local lives and our entire community. Our priority community Education issue is to help children and youth achieve their potential. Thanks to the work of 20 local volunteers, the following Education Programs were selected to receive an overall investment of $118,503 from the $1,00,000 campaign for 2018. Our priority community Education issue is helping children and youth achieve their potential.
Cub Scouts $10,000
Cub Scouting is part of the Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), available to boys and girls from first through fifth grade, or 7 to 11½ years of age and their families. Cub Scouting is part of the worldwide Scouting movement and aims to promote character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
Boy Scouts $10,000
Boy Scouting is a membership level of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for boys and young men. It provides youth training in character, citizenship, and mental and personal fitness. Boy Scouts are expected to develop personal values, learn the principles of American heritage and government, and acquire skills to become successful adults.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Entrepreneur Program $7,500
GSOH STEM and Entrepreneur programs often are girls' first introduction to careers in STEM, and cover an array of topics like chemistry, engineering, space, science, the environment, money management, and weather. Activities combine fun with learning to encourage girls' interests in STEM and Entrepreneur fields. Girls participate in hands-on experiences to help them master skills to succeed in school today and in STEM or other careers in the future. Program sites will vary throughout Knox County in order to give girls activities relevant to everyday life and build on what they are already learning in school. Programs include: Mad Science, STEM Out-of-School, Environmental Education, and Money Matters.
Girl Scout Leadership Experience Troops $7,500
Girls participating in Girl Scout troops discover themselves and their talents, connect with others and take action to serve their communities. Troop programming meets the developmental, educational, emotional, and social needs of girls and is offered at 6 levels from K - Grade 12. Girls participate in age-appropriate meetings, outdoor camps, events and programs, field trips, leadership trainings, and service projects. Troops meet in homes, schools, churches and community centers within Knox County. All programs are girl-centered and girl-directed. Caring adults encourage girls to explore a variety of topics, empower them to choose their goals, and then support them as they put their ideas into action.
Head Start and Early Head Start Programs $58,500
KCHS provides comprehensive early intervention services focused on promoting healthy child development and family engagement to improve the health and school readiness for over 200 preschool children and 100 infants, toddlers and pregnant mothers with Head Start (HS) and Early Head (EHS) programming. KCHS provides a variety of options to meet the needs of families, including home-based, center-based and family child care home services. Comprehensive services include quality educational programming, health, mental health and nutritional supports for healthy development. KCHS' two generation approach engages with parents and guardians to enhance families' ability to support their child's development and to promote family self-sufficiency.
Community Science Play Interactive (SPI Spot) $20,000
SPI Discovery Space is located at 400 S. Main Street. Families and caregivers can bring their children to explore in an enriching playful space with carefully selected educational and scientific toys and equipment. SPI Spot is meant to foster community and scientific awareness in adults as well as provide important play and developmental experiences for the children. Targeted Programming reaches out to lower income children and PK-12, by providing and leading hands-on playful science activities in summer city parks programs, camps after-school programming at SPI or other venues. SPI is present leading playful science activities for all ages at community events around the county, and in the library.
Coaching Boys Into Men (CBiM) $10,853
Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is the only evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength. This program is adaptable to young men who are not involved in athletics, with small adaptations being made for language and content purposes based on the age of the group. This program offers Knox County middle and high school males the opportunity to participate in programming that addresses masculinity, aggression, consent, digital disrespect, and other topics, to create school climates that promote the developing and maintaining healthy relationships with all peer groups.
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To access Knox County programs, information and crisis services, dial 2-1-1, call 1.800.544.1601, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit Pathways of Central Ohio.