United Way NCA’s Change Makers Education Series

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What is the Change Makers Education Series?

United Way of the National Capital Area is uniquely positioned at the intersection of public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to bring the best resources, individuals and organizations together to solve our region’s most pressing issues facing our community today. United Way NCA is launching a 10-part Change Makers Education Series to convene thought-leaders in conversations focused on trends in the National Capital Area and solutions that advance equity in the region. Topics will include intersectionality of gender and equity, racial equity in program design and effectiveness, the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and more. When none are ignored, all will thrive.

Change Makers Education Events

Engaging Youth Voice in Voting Rights Equity - September 27
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Join United Way of the National Capital Area as we bring together experts in the field to discuss how we as a community can increase equity of youth voice in voting rights to support generations to come. Click here to register for this FREE webinar.

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Project Community Connect - October
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To learn more about this year’s Project Community Connect, head to unitedwaynca.org/pcc.

 Addressing Systemic Barriers That Create Health Disparities During Public Health Crises - November
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More details coming soon!

The Role of Nonprofits in Advocacy and the Social Justice Movement - December
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More details coming soon!

Past Events
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A Vision For Economic Justice in the Greater Washington Region

Greater Washington is home to nine of the 20 wealthiest counties in the United States — but families in our community are not equally sharing in this wealth. By almost every measure — education, income, housing, health and wealth — our community’s Black, Brown and other communities of color are significantly lagging behind their white neighbors. As home to the nation’s capital, and all the prestige, influence, wealth and power it provides, we can and must do better.

Watch this virtual event moderated by United Way NCA President & CEO, Rosie Allen-Herring, to learn more about the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s strategic vision to close the racial wealth gap. Tonia Wellons, President & CEO, and Ronnie Galvin, Managing Director, Community Investment, share the impetus behind the strategy and the interventions that The Community Foundation plans to pursue to advance economic mobility in our region.

 

The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce

For the first event of United Way NCA’s Change Makers Education Series, we virtually convened thought-leaders to look “The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce,” what it means when we lose women in the workforce, the disproportionate impact facing Black and Latina women and new opportunities for women returning to work post-COVID. This conversation was moderated by our President & CEO Rosie Allen-Herring, alongside panelists FlexProfessionals Co-Founder Sheila Murphy and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives (MOWPI) Jennifer L. Porter.

Below, you will find helpful resources related to women in the workforce:

Approaches to Increase Economic Opportunity for Young Men of Color

Our country’s persistent social inequities are widespread, rooted in structural and institutional racism, and prevent our boys and young men of color from reaching their full potential. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges, as seen in college enrollment among males of color. United Way NCA convened thought leaders to look at the trends, solutions to supporting youth through middle-school and high-school transitions and approaches to increase economic opportunity for young men of color that puts them on a path to college and a career.

Led by United Way NCA Vice President of Community Impact & Engagement Ian Gordon, event panelists include Heath Carelock, Anthony Featherstone, Brian Heat and Eldridge Allen.

Below, you will find helpful resources related to this topic:

The Impact of COVID-19 on Student Mental Health

Mental health has become a critical need in assuring the physical and emotional well-being of youth in our schools today. Yet, there remains a severe lack of resources and services to meet this growing crisis.

According to a national survey this year, one in two teenagers aged 13 to 18 will experience a mental disorder at some point during their lifetime, and one in 10 youth in the U.S. suffer from severe depression (this risk is higher for every one in seven multiracial youth). Over 60% of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment.

As part of United Way of the National Capital Area’s Change Makers Education Series, Dr. Olga Acosta Price, Director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools and Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Clinical Health at the George Washington University, joins a panel of adolescents from high schools in Washington, DC to describe the impact of social and environmental characteristics on their lives and futures.

Through a blend of youth voices and a model for comprehensive school health, this presentation seeks to illustrate the ways that society can build school and community environments that jointly foster health and opportunities for all students to thrive.

 

LGBTQ Support Services: How Data and Policies Influence Solutions

This fireside chat was held in partnership with SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders)’s Deputy Executive Director Jorge Membreño. Drawing from anecdotal, regional and national data, SMYAL utilizes a comprehensive needs assessment to provide community support to LGBTQ youth. These supports remain dynamic as the landscape of policy and funding streams adapt to the needs of youth. Learn more about what SMYAL does for the local community here.

 

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About United Way NCA

United Way NCA is working to create a more equitable society, where everyone in our community has fair and equal access to health, education and economic opportunity. Our programs tackle inequity in its many forms, including food insecurity, homelessness and systemic racism. We’re agents of change, challenging others to practice equity for the sake of those who are most in need, yet most overlooked.

Our programs are focused on serving the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population—households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living.

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