United Way fights 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.

  • 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.

Our education initiatives include: 


Education Partners:

Aldersgate Mission
Aldersgate is improving reading levels of children through after-school and summer programs.
America Reads - Pinebelt Foundation
America Reads provides tutors to Hattiesburg Public School District elementary schools to help third graders read on grade-level.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters addresses school dropout prevention by partnering adult mentors with youth who need positive role models.
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.