A Youth Career Building Initiative
United Way donors believe that the situation you’re born into shouldn’t determine your future. For more than 4,000 young people in Windsor Essex who are part of a low income family, research shows that they will not escape poverty in their lifetime. We think that’s not acceptable.
That’s why we’re focusing on providing local supports and opportunities for young people to build a better future for themselves. The ON TRACK TO SUCCESS program offers supports that wrap around a family and help kids graduate high school and go on to post-secondary education – the clearest pathway to a life of prosperity.
A student from a low income family has a 38% likelihood of attending college or university whereas a student from a higher income family has a 63% chance of attending post-secondary education*. On Track to Success is a direct intervention to change the odds for students in need.
Students enrolled in the On Track program will have the chance to earn up to $4,000 for post-secondary education, as well as access to services including tutoring, social and recreational activities, chances to volunteer in the community, career building and mentoring opportunities, and individualized support.
The program is currently in its fourth year and now supports 96 students in grades 9-12 at both the Leamington and West Windsor sites.
* Source: Statistics Canada - custom data prepared using tax data 2013
Thank you to our generous supporters:
ArcelorMittal Windsor, a division of ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.
Barry & Stephanie Zekelman Foundation
Cheryl & Barry Horrobin
CUPE Local 543
CUPE Local 1393
CUPE Local 3137 Development Services
Dr. Douglas Paterson &
Mrs. Margaret Cole-Paterson
Emerging Philanthropists UNevent Fundraiser
Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare Foundation
Jeffery M. Slopen Jem D International Partners LP DBA Red Sun Farms
Mary Jean Gallagher
Michael & Sandy Beneteau
O'Brien - Jackson Family Foundation
Patrick & Arlene Goggins
Sean & Jennifer White
The Bill & Rochelle Tepperman Foundation
The Tamblyn Family Trust Fund
UNIFOR Local 240
UNIFOR Local 2458
The third-party evaluation of this program is funded by the Government of Ontario.