Sabor de Kearns Brings the Community Together!

Stephanie Lintonby Stephanie Linton
Oquirrh Hills Elementary Community School Director

“On January 7, 2016 we held Sabor de Kearns, our first lunch & learn event, which was a great success!” writes Heather Fuller, Family and Community Outreach Coordinator with the Oquirrh Hills Elementary Family Center.

KearnsThe idea for Sabor de Kearns was a collaboration between Oquirrh Hills Elementary, Kearns Junior High, Kearns Public Library and other service providers in the Kearns area. Because the proximity of these programs are so close to one another, and because these programs serve many of the same families, aligning these programs, in order to best serve families, as well as informing parents of all the great resources available to them, has been and continues to be the goal of this group. This event, is hopefully just the first of more great work to come while these providers work so hard to serve the families in Kearns, and the greater community.

KearnsKearnsHeather says, “We attribute the great participation to excellent planning, coordination, and wonderful support from Kearns Junior High School which brought faithful followers. The event began at the Kearns Library for story time, which put a smile on everyone’s face watching the charming singing and kid’s interaction. There were about 10 children, 28 adults, plus many more staff from various organizations. United Way of Salt Lake provided the delicious catered food from El Rancho Grande restaurant here in Kearns. There was standing room only in the Parent Center at Oquirrh Hills Elementary School as they served up steaming cheesy enchiladas, tacos, rice, and beans. We hope to have more combined activities to build awareness of what community resources are available within a short walking distance!”

Kearns

Kearns

PPRC Results Report: Health and Financial Stability

PPRC

There is something special happening here.
Results Matter. 

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing important content from our newly released Promise Partnership Regional Council (PPRC) 2015 Results Report. Nearly one in three of Utah’s children live in the Promise Partnership Region, and Results Matter: The 2016 Results Report of the Promise Partnership Regional Council, describes how we are working together differently so that every child in our region can reach eight crucial milestones. This week, we are focusing on Health and Financial Stability! 
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by Kurt Micka
Executive Director, Utah Partners for Health

Health matters: Children who have access to affordable health insurance and regular health care – including dental, vision and mental health services – are more likely to attend school regularly and to learn. When adults successfully access the health care system for themselves, they also do so more consistently for their children.

A different way of working: In 2015, this year Promise Partners:

  • Launched a mobile vision van for students who fail school vision screenings. Over 650 students and family members received free eye exams and glasses between January and October 2015.
  • Continued to send mobile health clinics to community schools, serving 678 people between January and October. This service provides health care access for families are not eligible for health insurance.
  • Formed a partnership to increase health insurance enrollment for families in parts of our region. Enrollment specialists work in our community schools to enroll and re-enroll families. We saw 3,437 individuals between January and November.
  • Began to build a “no wrong door” system of healthcare referrals, to improve access to quality physical, behavioral and dental health care.
  • Launched a cross-sector partnership focused on dental access (see text box below).
  • Supported efforts led by Salt Lake County to integrate behavioral health into action plans that address physical health, family financial stability and education outcomes on our Roadmap.

The difference we’re making: The Promise Partnership region has seen growth in the percent of the adults that have health insurance, from 85.6% in 2013 to 87.5% in 2014.

Access to Dental CareAna Rivera (*name changed) is a single mother of three. When Ana and her daughter began to suffer from pain and swollen gums, no one in her family has a regular place for dental care. So, Ana was first in line when the dental partnership arrived at her child’s school.

Ana’s family is not alone. In 2014, 61.5% of Medicaid children in Utah did not visit a dentist. Our Collective Impact dental partnership offers low-income families after-hours, school-based dental services (and referrals and vouchers to dental clinics meet ongoing needs). The partnership not only enables an initial visit, but also bridges access to a permanent dental home. We have served more than 804 individuals in our after-hours clinics this year and connected 200 people with affordable clinics.

“I am grateful for the help that we received with coordinating appointments and looking for dentists to take care of our needs. It was a great help since during this time my daughter and I were starting to feel pain from our teeth. Hopefully this work is able to help many more people.” – Ana Rivera

Children and Families are Financial Stable: 

The Utah Legislature, with the support and leadership of the Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission, has established a focus on intergenerational poverty in our State and region. Click HERE to read more about the Fourth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty, which notes that nearly one in three (31%) of Utah’s children are at risk of remaining in poverty as they become adults, and that they are more likely to experience poor academic outcomes. Also, download the PPRC Results Report to read more about how the PPRC is committed to supporting existing efforts to address the conditions that create intergenerational poverty.


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Special thanks to the 2015 partners with United Way of Salt Lake impacting community health including physical, mental, vision and dental initiatives (in alphabetical order): Assistance League, Behavioral Health Community Action Network Members, Cambia Health Foundation, Charity Vision, CHG Health Care, Community Nursing Services, Community School Directors, Davis Behavioral Health, Davis County Health Department, Davis School District, Eye Care 4 Kids, Family Counseling Center, Family Counseling of Norther Utah, Family Support Center, Goldman Sachs, Granite School District, Health Access Project, House of Hope, Intermountain Health Care, Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, Maliheh Free Clinic, Midtown Health Clinic, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI UT), Nurse Family Partnership, Odyssey House, People’s Health Clinic, Polizzi Foundation, Promise Park City Health Task Force, Roseman School of Dentistry, Salt Lake Community Action Program, Salt Lake County Department of Behavioral Health, Salt Lake County Department of Health, Salt Lake Donated Dental, Sealants for Smiles, Take Care Utah, University of Utah, School of Dentistry, Utah Department of Health – Family Dental Plan, Utah Health Policy Project, Utah Partners for Health, Wasatch Homeless Care, Inc. (4th Street Clinic)

What Do you Know About Big Brothers Big Sisters?

james-brownBy James Brown
Community Investment Advisor 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is a wonderful organization, and we are so proud of our partnership with them! Its work of engaging children in meaningful mentorships aligns perfectly with United Way of Salt Lake’s promise to Change the Odds. This is particularly true considering that, according to its website, in 2014, 92 percent of the children Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah served were from low-to-moderate income families.

photo c/o BBBS of Utah

photo c/o BBBS of Utah

In addition to facilitating these wonderful mentorships, Big Brothers Big Sisters gives back to the community in another meaningful way. Did you know that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah also hosts a charitable giving campaign among its employees to raise funds in support of Collective Impact and the work of UWSL?

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah knocked its campaign right out of the park, increasing its employee charitable giving by over 181 percent compared to last year’s campaign! Wow!

We are so proud and grateful for the dedicated support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah! Because of this generous support, thousands of kids across the communities where we live and work will have access to necessary social services such as healthcare and high-quality education, while also having their basic needs met.

If your company is not yet engaged in the work of United Way of Salt Lake, we invite you to jump in! Your organization can also host an employee giving campaign, which can make a lasting impact in the life of many children and their families. Together, we can Change the Odds!

Thank you, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, for being a shining example of what it means to LIVE UNITED!

photo c/o BBBS of Utah

photo c/o BBBS of Utah


Contact Amy Bosworth at amyb@uw.org to find out more about how your company can get involved with UWSL! 

 

PPRC Results Report — 8th Grade Math & College/Career Ready

PPRC

There is something special happening here.
Results Matter. 

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing important content from our newly released Promise Partnership Regional Council (PPRC) 2015 Results Report. Nearly one in three of Utah’s children live in the Promise Partnership Region, and Results Matter: The 2016 Results Report of the Promise Partnership Regional Council, describes how we are working together differently so that every child in our region can reach eight crucial milestones. This week, we are focusing on 8th Grade Math & College/Career Ready.

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matthew-s-2by Matthew Smith
Partnership Director, College Readiness and Completion 

Research shows that eighth grade mathematics achievement is a strong predictor of overall high school success, high school graduation, and college completion. Introductory algebra is regarded as a “gatekeeper” subject, which correlates strongly to both college and career success.

Interest and achievement in middle grade mathematics also helps prepare students for future studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, where jobs are expected to grow over the next decade. Many students who express a strong interest in mathematics and science in elementary school start to lose interest over time during middle school. This reality of lost excitement is especially true of girls.

While regional partnerships began in 2014, we did not start collaborative work related to all of the outcomes then. So, while we have not yet organized a regional collaborative action network focused specifically on eighth-grade mathematics, Collective Impact partnerships are active at both Granite Park Junior High in South Salt Lake and Kearns Junior High School in Kearns. Particularly in schools such as Kearns Junior High and Granite Park Junior High in Granite School District, where we have deep partnership infrastructure, we are seeing community-level results on multiple outcomes, including mathematics proficiency.

Many students graduate high school ill-prepared for college-level coursework, therefore we focus on college and career readiness. We also focus on college completion because our economy demands it. Studies show that by 2020, 66 percent of all Utah jobs will require a postsecondary certificate or degree. The Provo-Orem/Ogden-Clearfield/ Salt Lake City areas are among the top ten U.S. metropolitan areas with adults that have some college, but lack a degree or certificate.

Our new way of working includes three Collective Impact partnerships that support these postsecondary outcomes of college access, completion, and a stable career path.

  • Local college access network launched in 2014 to increase FAFSA completion rates across the eight high schools in Granite School District, focusing on schools with the highest rates of poverty. School and district staff, non-profit providers and government agencies have identified factors that impact FAFSA completion and developed action plans.
  • College Access Network of Utah (CANU) will focus in the year ahead on improving college readiness, access and completion, specifically for underserved, low-income, first generation and historically underrepresented student populations.
  • Pathway to Careers collaboration focuses on helping Latino/Latina youth and refugee youth set paths from high school graduation to postsecondary completion and onto stable careers.

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PPRC 2015 Results Report — 3rd Grade Reading!

PPRC

There is something special happening here.
Results Matter. 

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing important content from our newly released Promise Partnership Regional Council (PPRC) 2015 Results Report. Nearly one in three of Utah’s children live in the Promise Partnership Region, and Results Matter: The 2016 Results Report of the Promise Partnership Regional Council, describes how we are working together differently so that every child in our region can reach eight crucial milestones. This week, we are focusing on 3rd Grade Reading. Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 12.27.16 PM*You can view the report in its entirety by clicking above.


Lisa Wishamby Lisa Wisham
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Intergenerational Poverty Interventions
Title 1 Early Childhood Technical Assistance
Utah State Office of Education

The Promise Partnership Regional Council (PPRC) knows that elementary literacy matters. When students read on grade level by the end of third grade they are more likely to stay on track in school. Third grade reading proficiency is also among the strongest predictors of whether a child will graduate from high school and continue on to college. However, at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, only two in three low-income third graders in our region were reading on grade level. We can do better for our students.

Among the many key factors influencing students’ reading proficiency is their access to high-quality summer opportunities. In 2015, our Elementary Reading Network identified and convened high-quality summer learning programs. In the summer of 2016, demonstration sites will work with certified teachers and out-of-school time professionals to provide targeted children with academic support and much needed social, emotional and enrichment activities.

By convening a group of passionate, dedicated individuals to implement a pilot program of high-quality summer programs and utilizing evidence-based reading instruction with the ultimate goal of reducing summer learning loss for Utah elementary students, we are attempting something brand new. According to the National Summer Learning Association, a state-wide multi-agency project of this magnitude is unchartered territory in the summer program arena. Several states have embarked on this type of initiative in isolated regions, but never as a state-wide project involving so many partnering organizations.

The multi-agency 2016 summer initiative is being accomplished through the coordinated and committed efforts of partners in schools and the greater community. It will take place at 5-10 elementary schools along the Wasatch Front that have existing summer programming. The Elementary Reading Network 2016 summer initiative includes out-of-school experts, literacy experts, district employees, and help from the Utah State Office of Education in order to provide literacy and enrichment opportunities for deserving Utah young readers.


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Promise Partnership Regional Council 2015 Results Report — Kindergarten Readiness!

PPRC

There is something special happening here.
Results Matter. 

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing important content from our newly released Promise Partnership Regional Council 2015 Results Report. Nearly one in three of Utah’s children live in the Promise Partnership Region, and Results Matter: The 2016 Results Report of the Promise Partnership Regional Council, describes how we are working together differently so that every child in our region can reach eight crucial milestones. This week, we are focusing on Kindergarten Readiness. Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 12.27.16 PM*You can view the report in its entirety by clicking above.


chris-ellisby Chris Ellis
Partnership Director, Early Learning Outcomes

The Promise Partnership Regional Council (PPRC) knows that early learning matters. Research has shown that the most rapid period of human brain development occurs between birth and age five. This development provides the foundation for future learning and health. We also know that investments in high-quality early childhood programs have significant effects on children’s life outcomes, especially for at-risk children in our communities. Therefore, the PPRC is committed working differently to improve early childhood outcomes by aligning data, resources, and strategies to support the needs of our youngest children.

Through partnerships with Early Childhood Utah and the Early Learning Network, the PPRC recognizes that children are more likely to succeed when parents are supported from the birth of their child and have knowledge of and access to the resources their children need. These groups also acknowledge the importance of high-quality early learning opportunities for all children. Developing and aligning these supports will lead to more children in our communities demonstrating age-appropriate development and entering kindergarten ready to learn.

The PPRC is currently working with these groups to develop strategies to support outcomes for our youngest children. In 2015, these groups focused on increasing the number of children who received a developmental screener, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, a parent completed, developmental and social-emotional screener, and were then linked to resources to support their healthy development. These groups also worked with providers throughout the State to improve the quality of early childhood programs and increase the number of children who were able to access quality supports.

The PPRC will continue this work in the upcoming year and look forward to improving the number of children in our communities who are demonstrating age-appropriate development and entering kindergarten ready to learn. The group is committed to achieving these goals by aligning the group’s work with other early childhood efforts in Utah, utilizing the collective impact framework, and using data to develop targeted strategies to meet the diverse needs of our population.


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Find out more about efforts to improve early learning
outcomes, and get kids ready for kindergarten through
high-quality preschool, by watching Angie’s story below! 

Angie's Story

 

“At American Express, Service is Part of Our DNA!”

by Lacey Holmes
Coordinator – Public Affairs & Communications
American Express

On December 16, 2015, American Express employees in our Salt Lake City Service Center partnered with United Way of Salt Lake to bring the holidays home for children at Granger Elementary School.

Through a grant from the American Express Foundation made to the United Way of Salt Lake, the organization was able to purchase toys and needed items for the children of the Granger Elementary Community School after-school program.

Granger American Express
While playing Santa is an exciting job, our favorite roles were extended beyond that. Employees volunteered their time to help at the event at Granger Elementary. We began by leading the kids in arts and crafts projects celebrating various holidays. We were then pleased to enjoy a short musical presentation by the students. After which we witnessed pure joy as the children discovered their gifts.

Granger Amex At American Express, service is part of our DNA, and we strongly believe that serving our community is part of our responsibility. We specifically strive to support community organizations in areas where our employees live and work. As our SLC office is a mere 2 miles away from Granger Elementary School, this project is a perfect fit. Not only are we able to give back monetarily, but our employees are individually able to connect with the community in a way that money cannot buy.

Granger AMEX
Thank you to United Way for the long-standing partnership, and allowing us to participate in this event once again. We are glad to be part of such a great community effort. We know we can help Change the Odds!

Granger Amex