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For many children on Long Island, the chance to achieve greatness eludes them because they are not prepared to succeed in school both academically and socially. Many of Long Island’s children and youth face challenges stemming from low family income, living in foster care or even facing homelessness. All of these factors can contribute to a lack of family stability and in turn, an unsuccessful educational experience.
Together, United Way and its community partners work to ensure a quality start for young, underserved children by improving basic literacy skills and helping at-risk youth succeed.

United Way of Long Island Initiatives in Education


DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Fund: The DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Fund is a program that awards grants in the areas of Academics, Community Service, & Enrichment. These grants are awarded to students by students as the DREAMS for Youth Advisory Board, is comprised of grade 7-12 students that work under the guidance of United Way of Long Island Staff. Read More

Stuff-A-Bus:The Stuff-A-Bus program provides students from low-income families with new school supplies, preparing them for their academic studies, building their self esteem and setting them up for success. Read More

Learn About United Way of Long Island Partners Under Education