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 it's community partners work to ensure a quality start for young, underserved children by improving basic literacy skills and helping at-risk youth succeed.
DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Fund: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN. 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 7th graders to college students that work under the guidance of United Way of Long Island Staff. Read More
The Camilla G. Belser Memorial Scholarship Fund - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN. In memory of Cammy, and her commitment to education and the insurance industry, The Long Island Insurance Community established the Camilla G. Belser Memorial Scholarship Fund through United Way of Long Island in her honor.The program offers a $2,500 annual renewable scholarship to a student who will be attending Nassau or Suffolk Community College. Read More
The Patricia Michels Memorial Scholarship Fund - This Fund will provide academic scholarships to deserving young women attending YouthBuild who wish to pursue their dreams and aspirations by attending an accredited college, university or technical school. 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
BeReadyLI Children's Workshop - This interactive lesson captures students' attention by using engaging videos, activities and take-home packets to help them learn and retain the information. Students learn the importance of knowing their full names, recognizing who in the community can help in case of an emergency, knowing their caregivers first and last names, and what should go in their 'go packs'.