Chairman’s Message



May 2017


It is no secret that a good education has the power to change a life. Since May and June are months for celebrating high school graduations, I wanted to share a few important statistics with you.

At United Way, our programs deliver on-the-ground support to thousands of students, their teachers, and their parents. We know that breaking the cycle of poverty starts in the classroom, and we’re dedicated to improving outcomes for at-risk students.

Success in school depends on effective teaching, parental engagement, and rigorous preparation for what’s ahead.

Through the work of the Successful Students Issue Council and our nonprofit agency partners, 180,000 students, parents, and caregivers received the tools and support they needed last year to prepare for graduation and the workforce.

In 2016:

  • United Way-funded youth development programs helped 127,662 students.
  • Over 32,000 students were helped through child protection and health/mental health programs.
  • We provided support for 11,611 students preparing for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing.
  • Working in the SAISD, Harlandale and South San School Districts, we expanded parent engagement initiatives impacting 5,380 students.

Pathways out of poverty not only begin with parents, but also with the teachers who devote their careers to making school count for vulnerable youth. We team up with inspirational teachers who help light the path to graduation, successful careers, and stable families.

We are also working with the business and community partners to help educate students–young and old–about potential career paths and the role of education in their futures. They are the future of our community.


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Harvey Najim

2016-2017 Chairman, United Way Board of Trustees

President, The Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation


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