November, 2008: United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County was recognized by the Lincoln Branch of the NAACP for its support of the Clyde Malone Community Center and the mission of the NAACP.
United Way’s funding support of the After School program at the community center increased from $6,000 to $65,000 in one year. The program serves an 83% minority population, including 51% African Americans, 10% Latinos, and 22% multi-racial students. Not only were 100% of the children served by the program promoted to the next grade level, but 100% of the children remained free of the juvenile justice system. Additionally, 80% improved their reading level.
Lincoln, NE has an overall graduation rate of 77%; that figure is 68% for African Americans and 53% for Latinos. A principle outcome of this program is to narrow this “achievement gap.”
Upon receiving the award, Brian Wachman, President and CEO of United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County said, “The wonderful thing about this recognition is that it combines elements of both diversity, inclusion, and our national “Education” impact area.”