Key Highlights from UAC's Impact in 2014
1. Our network of 55+ partner organizations and programs served more than 150,000 children, youth, and adults this year. The Coalition added 8 new programs and projects, bringing an additional $1.6M under UAC's management. These serveices address the most iimportant issues of oucr communities: free tax services, youth development, adult education, digital literacy, job training, small business development, anti-predatory lending, economic inclusion, HIV/AIDS prevention and other health-related services.
2. We successfully concluded the Freedom Rings Partnership, a $25M multi-year citywide initiative, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and over 50 other community-based organizations to connect low-income Philadelphians to the Internet. UAC exceeded all goals for the program, providing over 230,000 hours of training to 25,000 participants, distributing 5,000 netbooks to public housing residents, connecting 6,000 households to internet service in their home, and getting the word out through over 5M+ media impressions.
3. We operated a KEYSPOT computer lab funded by The City of Philadelphia at UAC's downtown office and provided services to over 3,000 people this year.
4. Our Community and Economic Development (CED) division made 58 matching grants totaling $186,425 on behalf of the City of Philadelphia to homebuyers under the Philadelphia Home Buy Now employer-assisted housing program. This leveraged $15,861,531 in home purchases. CED organized 88 workshops in financial education for 610 participants.
5. We placed and supported over 1,000 low-income yotuh ages 14-21 in summer employment and 94 retained jobs year round. Through our 21st Century Workstream Program, we graduated 23 seniors from high school and transitioned 21 stuents into post-secondary education and/or employment. Additionally, we placed 50 high schoool students in year-round internships.
6. We lead the READ by 4th Campaign with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), uniting over 50 public and private companies, nonprofits, and public agencies in an effort to increase the amount of students reading at grade level by 4th grade. The campaign's mission is to double the number of children entering fourth grade reading on grade level by 2020.
7. We worked with Brown's Shoprite and more than 80 community organizations to provide 1,000 Thanksgiving baskets to 6,000 needy families.
8. Leveraging the Coalition's economy of scale, we invested in an online accounting and performance-based metrics system increasing the efficiency of both our Partner Program and our Fiscal Operations. This shift in expenses resulted in increased programming capabilities that translated into nearly 20,000 additional families positively impacted by the Coalition and its partners.
9. Our Economic Development Division facilitated inclusion, which has produced $287M in wages to minorities and women and $1.8B in contracts to M/W/DsBEs. As a result, minorities and women wages have increased $6M.
10. We completed a new five year Strategic Plan approved by the UAC Board of Directors on June 19, 2014 which will guide our work and chart the direction for the organization's growth.