Kids 2018-08-14T18:02:46+00:00

All That Kids Can Be

By supporting healthy child development, United Way is helping children and youth reach their full potential. This will improve our community not just today, but into the future. Below are local investments that are changing lives of children and families in our region.

The Challenge

Early development – from childhood to young adulthood – is a strong predictor of future success. Unfortunately, too many kids face barriers to achieving their dreams.

Our Work

We help kids move toward the brightest possible future by investing in three key areas.

Early Learning

United Way is investing in early childhood development to help kids get the best start in life – from a Family Hub that connects parents to the right resources, to Aboriginal early years programs and childcare for kids of young parents who are still in school.

Healthy Kids

United Way is helping school-aged kids develop life skills and confidence to carry them through the school years and beyond – from after-school recreational programs, to education and support for healthy relationships with peers and family.

Resilient Youth

United Way is helping youth develop their potential – from counselling programs that build self-esteem and help youth make healthy choices, to leadership and mentoring opportunities that promote social responsibility.

Community Investments

Below is a list of the organizations and specific programs focused on helping kids that are currently receiving allocated funding from United Way CSO.

Braintrust Canada

Youth Brain Injury Outreach Program

Program delivery and client support for youth with brain injury

Dragonfly Pond

Spring and Summer Break Programs

Day camps with recreational activities for children with complex care needs/disabilities and their families

Elevation Outdoors

Core operational needs

Elevation Outdoors provides outdoor adventure and sports programs, personal mentorship and life skills coaching to vulnerable youth.

Kelowna Women’s Shelter

Outreach Program

A violence prevention program that teaches kids and youth about healthy relationships, self-esteem, empathy and the value of positive choices

Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

Youth Shelter, Recreation, & Skill Development Programs

Providing safe, supportive places where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.


Movers & Talkers program

A program teaching parents how to best support the developmental needs of their young children who have been diagnosed with health conditions and/or disabilities

Reach Out

Counselling subsidies

Affordable/free clinical counselling for youth who would otherwise not be able to afford it and their families


Outreach Clinical Counselling Program

Clinical counselling and therapeutic services for young children and their families who are coping with developmental disabilities such as Autism, ADHD and Down Syndrome

Partnership Initiatives

The United Way movement also includes provincial initiatives to improve the lives of families and seniors. These initiatives are partnerships between United Way of the Lower Mainland, the provincial government, local United Ways and other funding partners.

Central Okanagan Family Hub

A family centre where parents and caregivers can drop in for information and programs

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Child Safety Initiative

An initiative which provides free car seats to families who could not otherwise afford one

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Success By 6

Early years programs and community development. Success By 6 ensures that children have what they need to be successful by the time they start school: socially, emotionally and physically.

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Youth Initiative Grants

An initiative which provides grants of up to $2,000 to help youth under 25 years of age create and deliver service projects that improve their communities

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Helping youth reach their full potential is a priority for United Way.  CODEanagan will give disadvantaged youth opportunities in the tech sector.

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