Together, Changing Lives in the Inland Empire

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– IEUW is pleased to report program results for the 2013-14 year. Together with our program partners and supporters like YOU, we are making a real difference and changing lives for children and families here in the Inland Empire! Click here to see the impact that School Tools, Kids Pack, GOAL!, Promise Scholars and our Community Impact Partners made last year.

School Tools – Supplying Kids with Tools They Need to Succeed!
In the 2013-14school year, School Tools distributed $2,037,288 worth of new school supplies to local schools to help kids learn and succeed. The School Tools Teacher Resource Center (TRC) currently serves 53 schools in 9 districts. In the 2013-2014 school year, 1,273 teachers visited the TRC, directly benefiting 38,190 students in our community.

Upon completion of the program year, all teachers participating in the program were surveyed to measure the impact of School Tools:

98% reported that School Tools met a need that would otherwise not have been met
95% reported that School Tools allowed students to have suitable tools to complete assignments in class
91% reported that School Tools allowed students to have suitable tools to complete assignments at home
93% reported that School Tools positively impacted their students productivity and performance in the classroom
91% reported that School Tools helped to improve their students’ self-esteem and confidence
97% reported that School Tools helped to engage and motivate their students
95% reported that School Tools helped them expand/improve their instruction

Kids Pack – Feeding Our Future
The Kids Pack program celebrated its ninth year of programming in 2013-2014. During the school year, 31,951 Kids Pack backpacks of food were delivered to hungry kids each weekend. 1,215 children from 75 schools and 6 districts participated in the program.

Upon completion of the program year, all teachers of students participating in the program were surveyed to measure the impact of Kids Pack:

98% reported that Kids Pack had a positive impact on their students
96% reported that Kids Pack helped to improve their students’ school performance
35% reported an improvement in their students’ grades
30% reported an improvement in their students’ attendance
27% reported an improvement in their students’ behavior
67% reported an improvement in their students’ attitude
71% reported an improvement in their students’ self-esteem
45% reported an improvement in their students’ school engagement/connectedness
33% reported an improvement in their students’ class participation
94% reported that without Kids Pack, they would worry that their students would not have enough to eat over the weekends

GOAL! – Preparing Our Youth for Future Self-Sufficiency
Based on the Visa Financial Soccer curriculum and video game, the GOAL! Youth Financial Literacy program aims to provide local youth with some of the skills and knowledge they will need to be financially responsible adults. Our partners at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch provided employee volunteers to teach the financial literacy material. At the end of the financial education component, students played a fun soccer video game to test the knowledge they have learned. Each GOAL! event is built according to the resources available to that particular community and its partners. 2013-14 GOAL! events included:

▪   August 2013 –Hope Through Housing Foundation/ San Antonio Vista Apartments in Montclair. Students were also able to participate in fitness activities provided by CB3 Sports Performance & Soccer Academy and a soccer clinic with the Ontario Fury professional indoor soccer team.

▪   November 2013 – Boys & Girls Club of Fontana. Students also enjoyed a special guest appearance from the Ontario Fury.

▪   February 2014 – Northtown Housing Development Corporation/San Sevaine Apartments in Rancho Cucamonga. Students also enjoyed a special guest appearance from CB3 Sports Performance & Soccer Academy.

GOAL! Outcome Results (based on student pre and post surveys):

▪   62% of students had a more positive attitude about financial literacy

▪   91% of students improved their financial literacy knowledge

Promise Scholars – Helping All Students Reach Their Dreams
Promise Scholars intends to increase the college going rate for all Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) students through exposing students to postsecondary learning experiences. The Promise Scholars initiative is a partnership between the OMSD, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Chaffey Community College, the California State Universities of Bakersfield, Pomona, and San Bernardino, and many other community partners. For 2013 – 2014, IEUW oversaw two components of the program—6th Grade Business Leader Presentations and 12th Grade Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Campaign.

6th Grade Business Leader Presentation Results:

▪   2,434 sixth graders received a college/career presentation from a local business leader

▪   97% of sixth graders reported that they have a better understanding of how to get a successful career because of the presentations

▪   95% of sixth graders reported more motivation to doing their best on their school work because of the presentations

12th Grade FAFSA Campaign Results:

▪   455 families took part in the 9 FAFSA workshops at Chaffey, Ontario, and Montclair High Schools

▪   238 volunteers assisted families with their FAFSAs or California Dream Act applications

▪   All high schools showed growth in completion rates – Chaffey (7.08%), Ontario (4.87%), and Montclair (9.3%)

▪   97% of workshop participants declared that the help provided at the workshop was worth the effort of attending.

▪   With the average state aid received by a student being $5,900, this translates to $513,300 more in state aid being received by our students (FAFSA applicants only).

Community Impact Partners
Inland Empire United Way aims to make a real difference in the lives of children and families in need by addressing short-term basic needs and investing in the futures of at-risk children and their families. For the 2013-14 year, IEUW awarded $500,000 in grants to local nonprofit programs making an impact in the areas of EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY and HEALTH. Our Community Impact Partners provided services to 102,883 individuals this year. Together, IEUW and its Community Impact Partners provided programs that accomplished the following outcomes:

1. Low-income children are doing better in school.

2. Low-income families are more self-sufficient.

3. Low-income youth are better prepared for future self-sufficiency.

Low-income children are healthier.

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