A good education can set the foundation towards a better life. But for ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) families, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Across Central Florida, students are struggling to overcome barriers to their academic success. Not having access to food to fuel their brains. Not having help with homework because mom works two jobs. Not having a place to study because their family has to live out of a car.
At United Way, we have a high-level view of the most critical issues in our community. We invest in strategic partnerships that address the multitude of barriers that can keep a student from succeeding. By focusing on the whole picture, we are meeting the immediate and long term needs of ALICE households.
Our Education Programs
Going2College: Going2College is an initiative designed to reduce barriers to information about higher education. Going 2 College improves college access and streamlines the application process by providing timely updates via text message.
Central Florida College Access Network: The Central Florida College Access Network (CFCAN) is an initiative designed to reduce barriers to information about higher education.
ReadingPals: Nearly 40% of Central Florida’s third graders attending public school cannot read at the appropriate level. This puts these students at a distinct disadvantage throughout their scholastic careers. These children are four times more likely to drop out of high school if they continue on this path.
ReadingPals connects passionate volunteers with students who need extra help developing essential literacy skills