Austin nursing student and mother of two Deja was working hard to complete her degree, but still struggled to make ends meet while staying focused on her rigorous program. That all changed when she began participating in United Way for Greater Austin...Read More
See our community investments
invested in local 2-Gen approaches, through our Community Investment Grants
- $405,000 education foundations
- $230,000 middle-skills training & entrepreneurship
- $95,000 college
- $50,000 Earned Income Tax Credit help
- $30,000 parenting students
In the past year, we also made these sub-grants to the community
supports local families with young children
supports parenting students
supports local 2-Gen initiatives
Learn about our proven programs
United Way runs these proven programs to ensure all families with children are financially stable.
Parenting Students Project
We know parenting students leave school for preventable reasons – lack of child care, inability to rebound from costly emergencies, and family financial responsibilities. They begin education pathways to living wage employment, but under pressure to support their families, exit as soon as they can make slightly more money – often after only the first course. That’s why we are partnering with Austin Community College to provide parenting students, ages 18-29, with financial incentives to accelerate their post-secondary education.
Students who are enrolled full-time earn up to $6,000 per year, and also have access to child care scholarships, emergency cash assistance, a peer community, advising, tutoring, and other vital, wrap-around services.
The Parenting Students Project is spearheaded by Annie E Casey Foundation’s Expanding Opportunities for Young Families initiative, and is supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and American Rescue Plan Act funds from the City of Austin.
PACES: Preventing ACEs through Collaboration and Economic Supports
The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest direct cash assistance poverty fighting program in the country, yet many families in Central Texas who are eligible for the credit are not receiving it. Together with Foundation Communities, the LBJ School’s Child and Family Research Partnership, and many other partners, we are working to ensure even more families with young children in Austin’s Eastern Crescent receive the EITC and increase protections against Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are strongly linked to poverty.
Research shows that having as little as $500 in a college savings account makes a child three times more likely to enroll in college and four times more likely to graduate. This Dell Medical School pilot incentivizes parents to achieve health and education milestones for their children (such as well-child check-ups and pre-K registration) with deposits in a college savings account for their child. Families can earn $500 in savings. Early Bird is a collaboration of Dell Medical School, Foundation Communities, the University of Texas, and United Way.
Impact: At a glance
families served in 2-Gen approaches
of clients with children under 12 obtained employment
of clients earn higher incomes after programming
Meet Katie Gonzalez, a parent of six young kids. As one of 34 parents in our Expanding Opportunities for Young Families pilot program, Katie recently earned a phlebotomy certificate from Austin Community College, advancing her career opportunities wh...Read More
Parents are powerful. At United Way for Greater Austin, we value the lived experience and extensive expertise of parents & caregivers. What does that mean for our work? It means that we not only strive to make room at the table for parent voices,...Read More
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