A car accident last year sent
7-year-old John’s world crashing down: his father was killed, and his
mother now struggles to raise him alone while caring for his ill
grandmother. The stressors on the family are immense.
mother had applied for state tuition assistance so she could enroll him
in a quality after-school program, but the applications are so
backlogged that she still hasn’t heard if she qualifies. Through United
Way funding, John was able to go a local center after school while his
When he first enrolled, John's literacy skills were
two levels below what they should be for a second grader. After
receiving personalized instruction, he is now reading at grade level.
Thanks to United Way, he was able to get the type of individualized
instruction he needed. Now, he can read with confidence, and his
literacy skills are one less thing his family has to worry about.