Every June, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council comes together to celebrate the past year and look forward to future successes. This year was different. On June 21, WLC made an incredible investment into the community and announced $543,311 in funding for nine program partners, the largest investment in its 10-year history.

These partners are the first programs selected through UWSN’s Community-Based Agenda (CBA), a road map to improving lives, providing strong starts for children and students while supporting their families. Through the CBA, UWSN is working to break the cycle of poverty and create lasting, transformational change for Southern Nevada.

“WLC is proud to serve as a pacesetter to move forward the dynamic cradle-to-career framework, a pipeline supporting children and families through early childhood education, high school achievement, post-secondary attainment and workforce supports,” said WLC co-chair Robyn Caspersen. In each of these four focus areas, UWSN has set bold goals to improve lives throughout Southern Nevada. They aim to increase the number of children enrolled in a high quality pre-kindergarten program and reading by third grade, raise the Clark County graduation rate, particularly in the most disadvantaged schools, increase the percentage of adults with an associate’s degree or higher and lower the number of low-income families.

In their 10 years in Southern Nevada, WLC has empowered dynamic women leaders to make a greater difference in the community by combining their gifts and this year is no exception. By investing in these areas, WLC is laying the groundwork for impactful change and building on the positive change that they and other UWSN donors have created in the community. Altogether, the nine programs funded by WLC will change the lives of 5,979 individuals in Southern Nevada in just one year.

One of the individuals helped by WLC’s community efforts is Yaquelin Meza Martinez, a recipient of the Emerging Leadership Award for Women Scholarship. “This scholarship gives me the opportunity to follow my dreams and apply to law school,” she said. “It’s given me the opportunity to meet a lot of powerful women who are passionate about what they do, and that is just the greatest thing in the world.”

UWSN and WLC are proud to welcome these partners
and programs making a difference in Southern Nevada:

UNLV FOUNDATION
Back on Track (BOT) Program

TECH IMPACT
ITWorks and CXWorks Las Vegas Workforce Development Programs for Young Adults

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
Preparing for Life Success: JA’s “High School Graduation+”

FOUNDATION FOR AN INDEPENDENT TOMORROW
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

GOODWILL OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
The Career Connections Program

SPREAD THE WORD NEVADA
Taylor Elementary School: Leaders for Literacy

CHICANOS POR LA CAUSA
College Access Program

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
Academy Class

EMERGING LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR WOMEN SCHOLARSHIP
(administered through the Public Education Foundation)

For more information about the Women’s Leadership Council,
contact Lawrel Larsen, Senior Director, Major Gifts, at LawrelL@uwsn.org.

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