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Poverty, food insecurity, mental illness, domestic violence, and lack of early-year foundational supports have life-long effects on children. As they enter adolescence and young adulthood, they often struggle to make connections, finish high school, and find meaningful jobs. This has a lasting impact on our community’s young people, creating barriers to opportunity and affecting their chances at building a successful life.

United Way works with partner agencies to put kids on the path to success by investing in their development, from early childhood to young adulthood. These investments include vital early-years supports for children and their families, and engagement and employment programs that help youth successfully transition to adulthood. By decreasing barriers to kids’ success, and increasing their opportunities for education and employment, we ensure our community’s youngest citizens have everything they need to thrive today, and in the future.

In 2017, United Way and agency partners supported 31,769 kids by investing in their development, from early childhood to young adulthood.



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Give today to support Calgary kids from infancy to adulthood.

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Become a Mentor

You can become a positive voice and mentor for a youth struggling in our city.

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Give a meaningful gift to someone in your life and give the gift of a brighter future to a local child.

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Meet Nuhaa

Nuhaa’s family had to leave Syrian when it became too dangerous to stay. When she started school, eight-year-old Nuhaa felt lonely, isolated, and sad.

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Bryanna smiles while sitting at a desk in her Calgary area high school

When she faced homelessness at 16, school wasn't Bryanna's priority. Now, she has a bright future.

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Sama smiles for the camera while sitting at a desk at her university

Removed from her abusive home, Sama was supported by positive adults who helped her build a bright future.

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Michaella stands against a desk while waiting for her bus to school

Getting back to school wasn't easy, but it's helped Michaella realize her potential.

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Kids initiatives

All In for Youth
United Way is calling on Calgarians to work together to connect youth to what they need to be successful in school and beyond. All In for Youth will reduce the drop out rate by 50% in Calgary and put youth on the road to success. Find out more about this initiative >

Vulnerable Youth Strategy
A collaboration with community service providers to improve peer, family and adult social supports for youth (15-24) who struggle to transition successfully into adulthood. Access resources to learn more about the learning from this initiative >



Publications and research

United Way ensures it's driving social change through rigorous research into social issues and their root causes. We also advocate for public policy and systems-level change to create long-term positive change in our community.

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