Education

At United Way of Greater Mercer County we promote early reading readiness, and support the development of critical life skills through our education initiatives and programming to increase children’s self-esteem and self-awareness. Exposure to books, reading and enrichment opportunities nurtures success. We strive to provide tools for families to build a literacy-rich home environment. 
 
READING OASIS 
A Reading Oasis provides a place where families can read together, learn how to make reading a habit at home and gain access to books year-round. Each Reading Oasis has bookshelves with hundreds of new books, comfortable bean bags and learning rug. To date over 2,000 books have been donated.  In addition, through various partnerships we have provided Literacy kits, Teacher’s Closet supplies, VITA services, as well as have supported teacher and student recognition at schools that house Reading Oasis rooms. Learn more...
 
CLIP [Child Literacy Improvement Project]
The CLIP initiative increases the accessibility of age-appropriate books to children by creating small child-friendly reading areas in local barbershops and beauty salons to improve childhood literacy and foster a love of reading. Access to books is essential to close the gap that tends to exist between children with more resources than others. Having access to books outside the typical locations of schools or libraries teaches children that reading can be FUN too! Learn more... 
 
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
In partnership with Camp Fire NJ, we provide effective youth development programming to children in Mercer County. The evidence-based programs (Count on Me Kids, Caution Without Fear, and Safe & Sure) build social and emotional development skills such as self-esteem, self-awareness, social skills, decision making, relationship building, and conflict resolution. Learn more...
 
TEEN ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
In partnership with Boys and Girls Club, we will be training Junior and Senior High School students from the club's Future CPA Academy for our VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program. The opportunity will allow students to explore careers in the Accounting field. Learn more...
 
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
United Way of Greater Mercer County assists families, both the student and the parents, to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This service is offered for free to students in our community. Learn more... 
 
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
In partnership with TDI (Trenton Digital Initiative) Connect, we help identify individual and corporate computer donations. TDI refurbishes computers and laptops donated by companies and schools. Through our various partners, we help identify the recipient families, including families from the Reading Oasis initiative. To date over 600 computers have been distributed to the community. 
 

 

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