Women’s Leadership Council
In 2013, the United Way of Midland (UWM) formed its Women’s Leadership Council. Today the group continues to address the challenge of early grade literacy. The goal of the Women’s Leadership Council is to increase the number of students who are reading proficiently by the end of the third grade.
The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) launched its Ready to Read initiative in 2014 for PreK and Kindergarten students. The initiative was funded by women donors to UWM at the leadership level, along with proceeds from a very successful first-time event, Power of the Purse. At that time, Crockett Elementary had one of the largest group of PreK and Kindergarten students in the District, one of the highest concentrations of economically disadvantaged families, and reading test scores were lacking.
In the Ready to Read initiative, students at Crockett each received their very own kit, complete with 5 books, a writing journal, pencils and pens, and crayons. Women’s Leadership Council volunteers met and read with students throughout the spring.
Ready to Read continues to evolve. For the 2015 – 2016 school year, the United Way Women’s Leadership Council is funding a pilot program – it is providing funds for a full-time Literacy Liaison position to work with PreK and Kindergarten students at Crockett Elementary, and volunteers will continue to work with individual students.
The program at Crockett is outcome focused; students’ reading proficiency will be tracked through the third grade to determine how their proficiency compares with that of their peers. United Way Women’s Leadership Council hopes to expand Ready to Read to other schools in the future.
How to Join the Women’s Leadership Council:
Join the Women’s Leadership Council with a minimum annual gift of $1,000 or 1.5% of your annual income. As a valued member of WLC, you’ll:
- Get an inside look on key community issues at WLC events.
- Be an ambassador in the community, attend events and invite your network of friends and colleagues to get involved.
- Be an advocate by engaging decision makers in the community.
- Access to a network of committed and passionate philanthropists.
For more information about the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, contact the United Way or Midland Office at 432.685.7700 or email email@example.com.
For annual event information please go to the Power of the Purse page.