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Post date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:44

Diego was known as a troublemaker. During the school year he would act-out in class, be one of the last kids to follow directions, and generally be disaffected with engaging in the classroom.

Diego during Lunch Bunch Fun in the Sun (FITS) provides an opportunity for kids to grow outside of the classroom. Diego's FITS program director decided to redirect Diego's energy toward assuming responsibilities and leadership. First, Diego was entrusted with helping maintain the site and perform program-related tasks.  Soon he began to lead the group to lunch and organize games for the adult...

Post date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:41

When Alma’s family moved to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles, they were hoping for a better life for their children. Alma’s L.A. neighborhood was riddled with violence and did not offer Alma and her sister the opportunities that their parents desired. However, after a few months in Santa Barbara, they realized that their Westside neighborhood was not as safe as they expected.  “I remember seeing gang activity outside of our house; the park (Bohnett) was not the safest place then.” Alma’s parents became even more intentional about giving Alma and her sister, Blanca, access to resources and...

Post date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 10:53

Ralph*, a bright, inquisitive student excelled in math but struggled with basic reading skills.  Though Ralph was getting ready to enter 4th grade in the fall, he was still reading at the 1st grade level.  Ralph's parents listed reading improvement as the primary learning goal when they enrolled him in the United Learning Center (ULC) Summer 2014 Pilot Program.

Ralph began using ULC's foundational reading program,Lexia Core5, a research-based online program designed to accelerate reading skills for pre-k through 5th grade students. Ralph was immediately motivated by the program's...

Post date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 10:48

Pancho Occiano is a guy that would smile to you when you walk by him on the street. He is a UCSB graduate that hails from Harvey, Louisiana (in the New Orleans Metro) and his presence carries a mix of California cool and southern hospitality!

After finishing at UCSB Pancho found himself working with the County of Santa Barbara Auditor Controller’s office. While he was getting acclimated to being out of college and integrating into the community he heard about United Way through a presentation during the County of Santa Barbara’s Annual Charitable Giving Campaign, which made him...

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Post date: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 16:16

United Way of Santa Barbara County has again met all 2012 United Way Worldwide requirements on time!

Post date: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 10:38

 What do you think of our community-driven 10 Year Goals in education, financial stability, and health?

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Post date: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 19:52

United Way and the American Human Development Project have created a tool to forecast how things might change if educational outcomes were better.  View statistics by community.  Learn more here.