Step Up for Our Youth

An investment in our youth through UWNA is an investment in keeping our community healthy and thriving for generations to come.

The United Way of Northern Arizona is investing in the power and potential of successful, resilient youth.  Following are three community-inspired initiatives we believe are essential to achieving positive social change and sustainable impact for our youth and community.

Early Childhood Development


This initiative will improve social-emotional development, cognitive language skills, early literacy, mathematics, and science learning while increasing support and knowledge for educators, nonprofits, parents, and caregivers. This will help ensure that children meet developmental milestones that lead to success throughout their lives.

Muddy Kid

Positive Youth Development


This initiative is based on the principles of the 6 C’s which include confidence, character, connection, competence, caring and contribution.  This positive framework will guide our community in organizing services, opportunities, and support to assist our young people in reaching their full potential.

Kids and rocks

Safety and Security

When people struggle to meet vital needs – like food, shelter, and safety – everything else becomes more difficult. United Way of Northern Arizona works with families and individuals through our network of partners to provide temporary shelter, food, and financial assistance, allowing families to move from day-to-day existence to planning for a positive future.

Safety and Security