Middle School matters most in the lives of local youth. Help us Move the Middle Now.

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of Winnebago County 8th Graders are failing Algebra I.
of Winnebago County youth live in poverty.
of the city’s urban youth don’t trust the police or legal system.
of middle schoolers say they’ve been bullied at school.

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Current Projects

Rollin' Strong

Almost 40% of the city’s urban youth don’t trust the police or legal system. But United Way’s Rollin’ Strong program is working to change that, with a bike repair program that teaches life skills and builds relationships with our police.

Strong Neighborhood Houses

80% of youth live in poverty in these Rockford neighborhoods. We’re winning the fight for the future of Rockford’s at-risk youth – one house, one neighborhood at a time.

Career Awareness

Knowledge is power. Together with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, these weekly career awareness sessions leverage the experiences and guidance of area professionals to educate – and motivate — middle schoolers.

Middle School Transition

Making the leap from elementary to middle school is the most challenging — and critical – transition in K – 12 education due to environmental, emotional and psychological changes. We help ease the way.

United Way Middle School Partners