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 125 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:
1443190 Ontario Inc. dba UE Enclosures
ArcelorMittal Windsor, a division of ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.
BASF Canada Inc.
Chapman, Sanger & Associates LLP
CUPE Local 3137 Development Services
CUPE Local 543
CUPE Local 82
Cypher Systems Group
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Foundation
Jeffrey M. Slopen
Neighbourhood Charitable Alliance Kingsville
Norwex Foundation for a Brighter Future
O'Brien - Jackson Family Foundation
Pelee Island Winery & Vineyards
Royal Bank of Canada Foundation
RT Consulting Inc.
Sean & Jennifer White
The Bill & Rochelle Tepperman Foundation
Windsor Essex Children's Aid Foundation
The third-party evaluation of this program is funded by the Government of Ontario.