United Way of NWA Offers New Program To Combat Poverty

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The United Way of Northwest Arkansas is offering a new program dedicated to lift children and families out of poverty.

It’s called the Children Living In Poverty initiative or CLIP program.

The program focuses on three areas:

1. Parents as First Teachers – 69% of Arkansas third graders struggle to read at grade level. Parents as First Teachers programs will ensure that children, parents, and families are working together to strengthen school readiness skills.

2. Quality Out-of-School Time – Unequal access to summer learning opportunities accounts for over 60% of the achievement gap between low-income and higher-income students. Increasing access to high quality after school programming that builds capacity for greater success.

3. Developing Self-Sufficiency – In NWA, only 29.4% of the NWA adult population has a 4-year college degree. The region also has an asset poverty rate of 27.2%, which means many families do not have enough of a financial cushion to weather a crisis such as a job loss or medical emergency. Developing Self-Sufficiency programs will increase the future economic stability of children and families by strengthening workforce readiness and financial literacy skills, and increasing the capacity of youth to acquire a sustainable living wage.

Information sessions for interested organizations will be held during the following times:

January 10 at 8:30-9:30 am
United Way of NWA Community Room, 100 Parkwood, Lowell

January 10 at 3:30-4:30 pm
Rogers Public Library, 711 S. Dixieland Road, Rogers

January 11 at 2:00-3:00 pm
Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville

January 14 at 3:30-4:30 pm
Springdale Public Library, 405 S. Pleasant St., Springdale

For more information on how you can give to the United Way of NWA, click HERE.

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