Youth Support & After School Programs

United Way of Central Alabama believes

Young people need the support of their community, both on and off school property.

But statewide, about a quarter of children aged 6 to 17 do not participate in organized extracurricular activities, and 27.5% of high school students have reported that their mental health was not good either most or all of the time.

United Way offers youth support through its many after-school and mentoring programs for youth in Central Alabama that improve academic performance and coping skills and help prepare them for college, careers and life.

Youth Support Impacts



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K-12 Youth

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K-12 Youth

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Youth Support Solutions

Educational Support

Providing tutoring and academic help in subjects like math, reading, and writing to enhance youth learning and achievement.

After-School Programs

Engaging activities offered after school that explore arts, sports, and educational activities to support development and social interaction.

Summer Day Camp Programs

Day camps providing educational and recreational activities during summer breaks.

Life Skills Development

Programs focused on teaching essential life skills to young people.

Youth Empowerment Initiatives

Programs designed to boost confidence and leadership skills in youth.

Mentorship Programs

Connecting young individuals with caring mentors who offer guidance, encouragement, and positive role modeling to guide and support personal growth.

Behavioral Health & Counseling Services

Offering mental health and behavioral support tailored for young individuals to address emotional well-being.

STEM Programs

Providing hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math enrichment activities outside of school hours.

Career Coaching

Workshops on resume building, interview skills, and job search strategies to help young people prepare for the future.

Partners & Programs

A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club

helps at-risk youth through educational, recreational, and leadership activities.

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Better Basics

works to combat educational disparities across Central Alabama with reading and math literacy programs and book distribution projects.

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Bold Goals/Birmingham City Schools Tutoring Program

links local college and university student tutors with small groups of Birmingham City Schools students for intensive tutoring to offset learning l…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham

provides positive role models to children in need.

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Birmingham Jewish Federation

serves the Jewish community in any way possible.

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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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Central Alabama Children’s Fund

Supports students by providing essential items like eyeglasses, school uniforms, educational supplies, and covering dental and medical expenses.

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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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Legacy YMCA

provides programs and activities designed to develop the spirit, mind and body of children, teens, adults, and senior adults in west Jefferson County.

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SPAN (Special Programming for Achievement Network)

provides education, counseling and positive influences for youth in need.

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St. Clair County Day Program

offers a day treatment program with an academic component for at-risk adolescents as an alternative to incarceration.

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United Community Centers (Riley Center)

serves western-area senior citizens, day care, health screening, crime prevention, and food distribution.

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YMCA of Chilton County

offers summer camp, afterschool care, child watch programs, sports programs, as well as youth, adult and senior memberships.

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YMCA of Greater Birmingham

offers day care, summer day camps, after school care, literacy programs, and youth, adult and senior activities.

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More Ways UWCA Supports Youth

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Youth Health & Wellness

Supporting the social-emotional and physical health of our youth is a top priority of United Way. We provide health screenings, improve access to n…

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Early Childhood Education & Development

United Way of Central Alabama works to address disparity and improve outcomes for children by increasing the capacity of childcare centers, improvi…

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