BREAKING THE CYCLE OF GENERATIONAL POVERTY
In 2014, United Way Suncoast revealed its 5 Year Strategic Plan to “Break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability so they can support themselves and their families.”
Working together with volunteers, agency partners, community leaders and key stakeholders, the plan focuses on three priority impact areas:
- Early Literacy – If a child isn’t reading at grade level by 4th grade, s/he is four times more likely to drop out of school.
- Youth Success – A child who doesn’t graduate from high school earns 75% less than peers who do.
- Financial Stability – Building financial knowledge and employability skills help create more stable and secure households and communities.
In addition, we will continue funding aligned Support Services (health, food, shelter, etc) to help hard working individuals and families move past immediate crisis that may prevent them from participating in United Way programs that address their long-term needs.
Everything we do will be connected to the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty by focusing on three areas that are the greatest contributors to the cycle of generational poverty.
And, based on the success of our four existing neighborhood initiatives, we will increase the scale of our programming and expand into additional place-based work.
United Way Suncoast has put a stake in the ground to work to break the cycle of poverty for those people who want a better life for themselves and their families. All of this is made possible through your support and advocacy. We greatly appreciate the trust you place in us to make a difference in our region.