Mesa United Way’s rigorous Community Investment Process has found these programs and agencies to be fiscally responsible and effective at delivering services. They are receiving Mesa United Way funding for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Mentoring a child or teen in foster care helps guarantee them that there is someone who cares. An Aid to Adoption of Special Kids mentor gives the child assurance that he or she is not alone in dealing with day-to-day stresses and worries. In fact, current statistics indicate that youth who have at least one stable adult, such as a mentor, in their lives are 45 percent less likely to use drugs, 59 percent more likely to do better academically and 73 percent more likely to set higher life achievement goals than other kids their age.

Arizona Literacy and Learning helps children and youth who have dyslexia and other language-based disorders, reach their potential to succeed in school, work, and life. Academic Intervention uses reading programs that have proven success for students who have a specific disability in the areas of reading or written expression. Academic Interventionists have specialized training in how to teach children who are struggling in school to become successful readers.

The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing. Mesa girls who are members of the Girl Scouts of America – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council participated in a wide range of activities and community projects sponsored by their troops.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley provides hundreds of kids in Mesa and throughout the east Valley with a safe place to have fun, hone athletic and academic skills, do their homework and advance their social and character development. The clubs offer programs for kids of all ages that allow them to fulfill their potential and become positive, value-oriented and productive citizens.

Boy Scouts of America – Grand Canyon Council endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation`s role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.

The Fast Tracking the Dream program is a community partnership between A New Leaf and Mesa Community College that seeks to minimize or remove the financial barrier for obtaining a college education. The focus of the program is to improve access to a college education for low to moderate income individuals and to enhance the financial literacy of participants in the program. Earned income that is deposited into a special savings account with an approved financial institution is tripled to pay for tuition, books, fees, and course required materials at MCC.

Sunshine Acres Children’s Home provides a loving, wholesome, Christian home for children who are separated from their parents and helps them establish long-term relationships with stable parental figures, preparing them for success in adult life. The ultimate goal is to facilitate a child’s development to voluntarily leave the home and function within a community environment in a style that is both meaningful and purposeful to himself and the community.