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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.

This level of impact can not 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: 


Agency Partners working this area include:

Aldersgate Mission
Aldersgate is improving reading levels of children through after-school and summer programs.
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.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army operates Boys & Girls Club, which combats the high school dropout rate by offering quality after-school and summer programs to disadvantaged youth.  
South New Summit School
The TIDE School is committed to creating a dynamic educational setting where every student is taught in his or her optimal zone, and empowered to become their best.
Additional Education Partners
United Way of Southeast Mississippi supports other education programs such as Excel By 5, Dolly Parton's Imagnation Library and Summer Reading Programs.