United Way believes that all individuals and families deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential.
To give more people that chance, we focus on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life.
Right now, United Way Australia is investing in early literacy programs to help children overcome disadvantage. With 1 in 4 Australian children starting school without the skills they need to succeed, the situation is critical. Without the foundations to learn, these children will struggle to keep up with their peers, and are likely leave school with low literacy skills. Sadly, this early disadvantage will follow them into adulthood, with the correlation between low literacy and poverty being all too clear. Those with poor literacy skills are far less likely finish school, gain steady employment, and earn a living wage.
Investing in childhood literacy is one of the most effective ways of overcoming disadvantage.
That’s why we’re working to raise childhood literacy levels in disadvantaged communities, and break the cycle of poverty. With our community partners, we’re running a number of programs, including Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to bring books and a love of reading to children.
We’re also working with parents – many of whom have poor literacy skills themselves – to ensure they have support and resources they need to engage in reading activities with their children. It’s a simple, but incredibly effective way of ensuring children get the chance to thrive, both in school, and beyond. You can find out more about our literacy and other programs at our United Way website.
United Way Australia is part of the international United Way alliance. We are an independent, Australian non-profit organisation, and are not affiliated with any political or religious organisations.