United Way of the Plains

Wichita Westside Promise Neighborhoods Coalition

Wichita Westside Promise Neighborhoods Coalition is working to ensure that all children will grow up with access to effective schools, strong families and supportive communities leading to successful transitions to college and a career. They hope to expand and enhance the cradle-to-college-to-career solutions available to children, youth and families within their target area. United Way is leading the charge by committing $1 million. Download a flier with more information.

Be there!

Be There Gold  Black JPGShowing up for school has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Absences - excused or not - have a lasting impact on your child's success. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

Learn more about what you can be doing to make sure your student is succeeding.

Check & Connect

In May 2015, United Way of the Plains issued a grant worth $377,135 to Communities in Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County to implement Check & Connect at seven westside elementary schools during the 2015-2016 school year to help address chronic absenteeism. Check & Connect is a nationally proven model that monitors attendance, behavior and grades of students who are chronically absent and works with school personnel, families and community service providers to decrease or prevent absenteeism. The program will help young students build good school attendance habits while identifying and addressing issues that might prevent them from attending school or arriving on time. It offers long term solutions to help increase graduation rates and more importantly, sets students on a path of success.

Media Mentions

Seven Wichita elementary schools get grant to help address absenteeism - Wichita Eagle, May 19, 2015

United Way to devote $1 million to helping kids in West High neighborhood - Wichita Eagle, April 19, 2014

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