United Way of Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County works to increase access and engagement in education for under-served, at-risk children, teens, and young adults.
Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life. It also benefits the whole community: high school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate on time. United Way of Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County focuses on long-term solutions and addressing opportunity gaps throughout the cradle-to-career pipeline in order to keep kids on track to graduate high school, be prepared for college, and develop a career. The greatest single ticket out of poverty for a child is a high school diploma and, when possible, higher education.
Funding Objective: Children in our community will be Kindergarten-Ready. Teens and young adults will have enhanced employability and lifelong earning potential to improve economic security.
Funded Partners in Education:
- Church Women United Child Care Center
- Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
- CASA of Liberty & Chambers Counties
- Bay Area Rehabilitation Center
- Communities in Schools of Baytown
- Collaborative for Children
- Baytown YMCA
Making An Impact:
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
Lauren Duckworth is a senior from Barbers Hill High School who is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. Lauren’s Gold Award project addresses the issue of kids not spending enough time outside. In her own words, “it is crucial for younger generations to engage with nature for the future of our planet. Kids need time to exercise and playing outside benefits kid’s social and emotional development.”
Lauren will be partnering with her local church preschool to create outdoor learning games for students to use. Lauren plans on creating sandbox games such as scavenger hunts where kids look for specific objects, or find matching letters hidden in the sand, to name a few. Lauren also plans to build a balance beam to help children develop balance and coordination. Lauren's leadership on this project and her desire to help others embodies the meaning of being a Girl Scout. We are excited to see her project implemented in October & see the benefit to the kids in her community!
Church Women United (client story)
The Church Women United Daycare has been with me through both the most joyous times of my life and the most painful. I was a nervous first-time mom scared of the thought of having "someone else" caring for my baby.
When I visited CWU, I was relieved to know that my baby would be in safe hands. He flourished there with caring, loving staff who made it feel like a second home.
I enrolled my second child as my marriage was crumbling and I was obviously struggling as a single mother. Now, 4 years since my marriage ended, I have continued to work and I'm in a Masters of Psychology-Specialist in School program at HBU.
My children are smart, sweet, and hilarious, and I owe a lot of that to CWU. CWU instilled positive values in my children, nourished them, and always loved them like I do.
I know I owe a huge amount of my success and ability to overcome obstacles to CWU and United Way because I never had to worry about safe, consistent child care.
I will always be a CWU family member and hope one day to help them as much as they have helped me.
Communities in Schools of Baytown (3rd quarter program update as submitted by a case manager and student)
CIS launched a job readiness training program for Goose Creek CISD high school students in January 2021.
This was a comprehensive program that consisted of five workshops training students in resume writing, interview skills, appropriate business attire, completing a job application and completing new hire paperwork. We had a total of 13 students participate in the program. The first session of the program ended March 2021; upon completion each student received a certificate and gift card.
Student participant Allison Helm said: “I appreciate the job readiness program for giving me an opportunity to gain valuable insight and experience by providing a path to obtain my first job. This opportunity means the world to me and I will forever be grateful to CIS and Ms. Lawrence for their help”.
We also partnered with a few local businesses in the community to extend an opportunity for employment to our students. We are to proud to announce that 4 students obtained employment with our local business partners, and 2 more students have interviews scheduled. Despite the many challenges of COVID-19, we were able to offer opportunities to these students.