Youth Health & Wellness

United Way of Central Alabama knows

Youth deserve the tools for healthy living.

But statewide, 77.8% of children get less physical activity than is recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and more than a quarter of high school students in the state report that their mental health is seldom or never good.

Supporting the social-emotional and physical health of our youth is a top priority of United Way. We provide health screenings, improve access to nutrition and physical activities, offer mental health support and more to help our youth grow stronger.

Our Impact on Youth Health


youth participated in social-emotional learning programs (includes wellness & prevention) in 2023


Clients attended parent and/or family-education programs in 2023


Youth (K-12) received individualized academic support in 2023


Youth (K-12) participated in career-development programs in 2023


Youth (K-12) participated in before/after-school programs in 2023

Partners & Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham

provides positive role models to children in need.

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Boy Scouts of America – Black Warrior Council

provides citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness to youth members.

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Boy Scouts of America – Greater Alabama Council

provides citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness to youth members.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama

provides a safe place to learn and grow, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, ongoing relationships with caring, adult pr…

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provides opportunities for youth to realize their potential and to function effectively as caring, self-directed individuals.

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Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center

offers a safe, child-friendly environment to children victimized by abuse or neglect.

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Children’s Aid Society of Alabama

provides family counseling, crisis intervention, adoption support services, foster care and transitional living services for homeless young parents…

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Children’s of Alabama

Provides the finest pediatric health services to Alabama’s youth in an environment that fosters excellence in research and education.

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Concerned Citizens for Our Youth

Residential treatment facility providing academic and clinical services for at-risk adolescents and their families in Shelby County.

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Developing Alabama Youth Foundation

offers a day academic treatment program for at-risk adolescents that provides Shelby County Juvenile Court with an alternative to incarceration.

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Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama

builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

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Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama

provides after school, holiday and summer activities in centers and through outreach programs to develop strong, smart, and bold girls.

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Raleigh’s Place

provides and supports foster homes, train foster parents and equip foster youth for life after care.

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Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center – Owen’s House

committed to a multi-discipline approach to child abuse investigations providing services and programs to serve child victims of abuse and their fa…

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Sickle Cell Disease Assoc. of America, Central Alabama Chapter

provides education and testing services to the general public and counseling and extensive support services to individuals and families affected by…

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St. Clair County Children’s Advocacy Center – The Children’s Place

provides therapeutic and legal services to child victims of sexual and physical abuse, and prevention programs.

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St. Clair County Day Program

Offers a day treatment program with an academic component for at-risk adolescents. Provides St. Clair County Juvenile Court with an alternative to …

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Latest News

Highlights from UWCA’s 2023 Annual Report

United Way of Central Alabama’s 100th year was one to remember.

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Breaking Down Literacy Barriers – One Bag of Books at a Time

About 800 bags containing more than 4,000 books were packed to distribute to local children on December 1st.

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Bringing Partners Together to Launch a Community Schools Strategy in Fairfield

The United Way Bold Goals Coalition is partnering with Fairfield City Schools to bring new programs and make services more accessible.

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