The Goal: Encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce youth violence.
United Way NCA is committed to promoting healthy life choices, especially among young people.
- Healthy habits start early. Our signature program, Fun, Fly & Fit, teaches children and parents the basics of good eating habits and physical fitness.
- Our Way to P.E.A.C.E. collaborative works with youth and nonprofit organizations to reduce youth violence.
Promote Exercise and Good Nutrition
Proper nutrition and exercise are essential tools for both youth and adults to keep their minds sharp and their bodies healthy. United Way NCA's signature initiative, Fun, Fly & Fit, engages youth in fitness activities that are enjoyable (FUN) and improve their self-image (FLY). Their caregivers get information on the importance of physical activity and healthy eating, and are connected to community resources that help them purchase healthy foods and create nutritious meals (FIT). Fun, Fly & Fit will reach well over 15,000 children this year. And with a new multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the initiative is set to reach even more students in Prince George’s County this year.
Reduce Bullying and Youth Violence
The National Youth Violence Network reports that nearly 30% of students—more than 5.7 million young people—are involved in bullying incidents either as the perpetrator or victim. And nearly 700,000 young people are treated for injuries from violence every year, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Recognizing this growing problem in our community, United Way NCA developed Way to P.E.A.C.E. — a community-based initiative that brings together diverse resources and voices to take on the underlying causes of youth violence. Working with faith-based and community-based organizations — collectively known as “the collaborative” — we offer hope and possibilities to our youth, and the people and organizations that care for them. Through a combination of community awareness efforts, workshops and youth development programs, plus financial stability to programs to give children and teens a more secure home environment, we provide tools and resources to make our kids more secure, in themselves and in their environment.