At United Way of Southeast Mississippi, we fight for quality education for every individual in every community of Forrest, Lamar, Perry and Marion counties. Improving education is part of our mission. We believe the future success of an individual starts with a quality education.

We fight for:
  • Kindergarten Readiness | United, we work to ensure every child is ready to learn the first day of kindergarten.
  • Grade-Level Appropriateness | Together, we prepare every student to be able to read on grade-level by third grade.
  • High School Graduation | Hand in hand, we push every student to reach their potential to graduate and look forward to a successful future.

For over 75 years, we have partnered with agencies in the community making positive differences in education (listed below). This level of impact cannot be done alone. We work with the game-changers and the hand-raisers to create better education opportunities for everyone, regardless of financial situations. Change does not happen overnight, nor can it happen with one solution. At United Way SEMS, we implement several initiatives to complement and extend the work of our partner agencies.

Our education initiatives include:

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Education Partner Agencies:

Aldersgate Mission

Aldersgate Mission is improving reading levels of children through after-school and summer programs.

Boy Scouts of America, Pine Burr Area Council

Boy Scouting provides character-building and leadership training for young boys, motivating them to stay in school and succeed academically.

DuBard School for Language Disorders

This specialized school serves children with severe language-speech disorders, including development aphasia and childhood apraxia of speech, deafness and hearing impairments, as well as those with the written language disorder of dyslexia.

Pinebelt Foundation

America Reads, funded through grants hosted by the Pinebelt Foundation, provides tutors at Hattiesburg Public School District elementary schools giving personalized assistance to students, ensuring they are gaining the literacy skills needed to read on grade level. 

Additional Education Partners

United Way of Southeast Mississippi supports other education programs as well, such as Excel By 5, Read Across America Day, and Area Development Partnership Education Initiatives.