United Way after-school programs positively impacting kids

Created: 12/18/2013 8:39 AM WHEC.com

Money you donate to the United Way of Greater Rochester is positively impacting children in the Rochester City School District. That was the message at the Memorial Art Gallery during the United Way’s first-ever impact briefing.

For the second year, the United Way teamed up with The Children’s Institute and the Rochester City School District to measure the effectiveness of its after-school programs. Officials say the results show kids in these programs attend 6,100 more days of school than their classmates and their GPAs were higher.

“It’s amazing to see the enormous difference that United Way is making in our community,” said Colleen Wegman, President, Wegmans and board chair, United Way of Greater Rochester. “Thousands of local donors entrust their gifts to United Way and we’re excited to be able to announce today that those gifts are hard at work transforming our community.”

The Building Health Children program was also highlighted at this morning’s event. The program aims to connect at-risk mothers with support to help them face challenges.


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