Changing Generations: Pathways to Progress for Families and Children

With a two-generational approach, the goal is to move vulnerable families toward educational success, economic security, and family well-being. There is a recognition with this approach that families are defined in a myriad of ways—single mothers, young parents, single fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, even older siblings caring for their younger brothers and sisters. The framework seeks to establish economic security for adults, household stability for the family and an environment that supports healthy, educated children.

More than funding individual programs that help families today, our United Way invests in work that addresses their immediate needs and gives them the tools to succeed.

This is the reality: if a parent doesn’t have job skills, the family is more likely to go hungry or face eviction. If a child is more worried about whether there’ll be food at home than on lessons, he or she will not succeed in school. Many factors play into a family’s health and well-being.

Through United Way, these many factors are taken into account with a two-generational approach. For example, one collaborative partner makes sure the family has food, the adults get job skills and clothes for an interview plus access to quality daycare. Another makes sure children and adults can read. There are 24 of these types of collaborative partnerships across the four counties—Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake—United Way of the Greater Triangle serves.

And, this new way of working is achieving results. More families are in their own homes. More children have books at home to improve their reading skills. Fewer kids are worried about being hungry because parents are employed. That’s what changing generations is all about. Better lives today that inspires generational success.

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