United for Children & EVMS
More than 41,000 children live in poverty in South Hampton Roads. Many of those children reside in Norfolk's subsidized-housing communities. One of those Norfolk communities is not only the poorest neighborhood in Norfolk, but also in the poorest 1 percent in the nation.
Working with the families and the community with a goal to give these children the chance for a better life, a collective-impact initiative was created in 2013 called United for Children. United for Children is an intensive collaboration aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty by coming together around the needs of the whole child with integrated individual, family, neighborhood and school interventions. The school interventions focus on education, character-building and access to health care.
Seven major Norfolk-based organizations have come together to implement the initiative:
- City of Norfolk
- Eastern Virginia Medical School
- Hampton Roads Community Foundation
- Norfolk Public Schools
- Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority
- Old Dominion University
- United Way of South Hampton Roads
EVMS is taking the lead in integrating health into the programs of P. B. Young Sr. Elementary School, for children in pre-kindergarten through grade 2, and Tidewater Park Elementary School, for students in grades 3 through 5, as well as Booker T. Washington High School. Students and faculty members volunteer during weekend and summer programs at the school, and other institutional events and programs have been developed to assist students, families and school administrators. Read about EVMS students who tutor schoolchildren on Saturdays through the Young at Heart program, on page 12 of EVMS Magazine, issue 7.2.
Learn how incoming EVMS students prepare P. B. Young Sr. Elementary School for the new school year — and get community service instilled in them from their second day of orientation —during Community Impact Day.
Find out how incoming Physician Assistant students helped families of students at Tidewater Park Elementary School during PA Community Impact Day.
And discover how the Student Care Center at Booker T. Washington High School is focused on keeping students healthy to improve graduation rates.