Women United Initiatives

Women United has identified early education and financial stability for women as significant needs in our community. United Way carefully monitors funded programs on an ongoing basis.

Early Education

Children who enter school unprepared are 25% more likely to drop out of school, 60% more likely to never attend college, and 79% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime—costing Minnesotans $850 million per year.

We help children reach their full potential by investing in early education. Women United has granted $1.6 million over two years to support planning and implementation of innovative early childhood screening programs for children ages 3-5.

2015-2017 Grantees

Creation of community health worker position to support the early childhood education and health needs of children in their home visiting program to improve kindergarten readiness for young children

Minneapolis Public Schools
Support targeted outreach and engagement of teen parents and their children to support attendance and graduation for teen moms and greater early childhood gains for babies 0-5

Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC)
Provide accredited childcare director trainings and business practices to help sustain accreditation status through business and operational practices, continuing education, and trainings

Southside Family Nurturing Center
Creation of further therapeutic models to support children and families experiencing mental health concerns and trauma

The Family Partnership
Creation of culturally responsive self-regulation strategies for staff and therapists to use when working with children who have experienced trauma

Financial Stability for Women

In the 9-county region, more than 175,000 women are living in poverty (2012 American Community Survey 3-yr Estimates).

We empower women through financial stability programs. Women United has granted $1.6 million over two years to support planning and implementation of innovative programs assisting women in their careers and helping them become financially stable.

2015-2017 Grantees

Goodwill-Easter Seals
Paid internships for women enrolled in a jobs and training initiative to ensure both greater employment opportunities for women and stronger family stability outcomes

International Institute of Minnesota
More training for women working in the hospitality industry—particularly moving immigrant and refugee women into supervisory positions in housekeeping and creating a career pathway in hospitality

Montessori Center of Minnesota
A stipend and work study program for low-income women and women of color to support the addition of more diverse early education teaching staff and increase the earning potential of low-income women

Summit Academy OIC
Support the Women in Hard Hats program and industry acceptance of women in the construction industry