We at United Way of Delaware are passionate about our young people and offer programs that help them to acquire and develop the skills that lead to academic achievement and workplace success.
Young people ages 12-15 are especially vulnerable to a range of health and learning risks and are experiencing rapid developmental changes – physically, cognitively, and socially – that can make them susceptible to negative behaviors.
The IM40 Movement (focused on a young person’s strengths and assets rather than deficits) promotes positive youth development and provides the resources necessary for adolescents to make better decisions lead healthier lives and achieve academic success.
Connected with more than 50 youth-serving organizations across Delaware, IM40 has helped more than 16,000 adolescents identify and leverage their unique developmental skills to help build and sustain the confidence and character necessary for success in life. In addition, more than 7,400 young people have received information on mental health and well being, nutrition and the prevention of non-cummunicable diseases.
SPARC (Success Pathway and Roads to Careers) is an online platform and community that connects partner organizations, employers, schools, and youth ages 12-24 to help drive career and college readiness, address employer workforce needs, and enable Delawareans to get jobs.
Built on a collaborative and highly interactive foundation to aid good career decision making and support for reaching personal career destinations, SPARC is a collaboration involving the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee, Delaware Pathways and United Way of Delaware.
In the Fall of 2016, more than 12,319 students from thirteen middle and high schools across Delaware used the web-based SPARC platform to explore career options, engage with online coaches and research potential employers. By 2019, SPARC will be available in every public middle and high school in Delaware.
In addition to the online platform, SPARC organizes career panels and career fairs, encouraging students to meet and interact with working professionals from a variety of career fields.