Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential.
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. It’s essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. And it’s fundamental to a community’s economic prosperity: a well-educated workforce attracts world-class jobs.                            

United Way of Central Missouri in Action in 2016… 

  • 1,636 Girl Scouts participated in programs that build courage, character, and confidence to make the world a better place.

  • 1,601 Boy Scouts were taught leadership, teamwork, community service, healthy lifestyles, ethical decision-making, drug abuse prevention, and crime prevention. 

  • 18,882 students participated in drug prevention programs through the Council for Drug Free Youth.

  • 120 adult and middle school students received help learning to read with volunteer tutors through the Adult Basic Literacy program.

  • 209 youth were matched with a positive role model and mentor as a "Big" through Missouri Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters.