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United Way of West Central Mississippi works to improve the graduation rate in our communities by collaborating with our partner agencies and other community organizations to provide kindergarten readiness programs, early literacy programs, character building programs at the elementary school level, teen mentoring programs, intensive speech/language/hearing programs, after-school tutorial programs, early intervention programs, and educational summer camps. To compliment these efforts, we also fund programs in the areas of GED preparation, development/employment related training to the handicapped population and programs that strengthen parenting skills.

Our education goal is to help children and youth achieve their potential by addressing the following target issues:

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Grade Appropriate Reading Levels
  • Graduation Rate

United Way of West Central Mississippi has created these current Community Impact programs: L.E.A.R.N and our Summer Book Swap.

Our Funded Programs at Partner Agencies


Andrew Jackson Council of Boy Scouts   

Traditional Scouting – Scouting Scholarships

Cary Christian Center 

Parent/Child Program – provides support to young and single mothers with prenatal and parenting classes, as well as home visits.

Central Mississippi Prevention Center       

Summer Leadership Camp – provides academic, life skills and therapeutic recreational activities for students in the summer.

The Exchange Club of Vicksburg Child and Parent Center

Mentoring Program – One on one mentoring for students grades K-8, and group mentoring for 14-17

Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi 

  Scouting – personalized in-school programs for girls that teach teamwork and cooperation.

Good Shepherd Community Center

Daycare – care for children six weeks through five years old provided through a hands-on curriculum.  This is for low-income families.

GED/ Even Start Family Literacy – offers classes for those individuals wanting to receive their GED certificate.

Magnolia Speech School 

School – auditory oral program for children with severe communication challenges.


Transportation Services – provides a full range of developmental and employment related training to the handicapped population of Warren County.

Vicksburg Family Development 

Early Intervention – serves parents through prenatal and home visits for the first four years to make sure babies have a healthy start in life.

Youth Enrichment – serves at-risk youth through the male image and girls club targeting students from ages 10-17 years of age.  The program promotes the prevention of teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, and school failure.