LIFT (Link and Inspire for Tomorrow) is a place-based strategy that creates partnerships between neighborhoods and resources. It connects families from LIFT sites and the surrounding neighborhoods with resources focused on academics, family relationships, and health and social services.
LIFT Community Schools
In September 2016, we brought LIFT to Racine County's first site at Knapp Elementary. Here, the LIFT strategy took shape by transforming Knapp into a community school, based on a successful model found in thousands of communities throughout the country. In 2019, we brought the LIFT model to Racine County's second community school: Julian Thomas Elementary. Our next community school will be Mitchell School, starting in fall of 2021.
Community schools increase opportunities for children to succeed in school by adding the kinds of resources known to make a difference: increased parental involvement in children’s education; extra learning opportunities through educational enrichment; consistent access to adult guidance and support; and ready access to physical, dental and mental health services. Your continued support of our LIFT strategy within the community school model makes a difference in the lives of families, children and the entire community.
Nothing is more important to Racine County’s long-term economic prosperity than the development of a workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge required to perform the job. That development begins in the classroom and in neighborhoods. Our community schools are a joint effort between United Way of Racine County and Racine Unified School District, driven by the generous support of community members and local businesses. Together, we can prepare children for success in education and life by providing the resources and support they need.
Learn more (PDFs):
- About LIFT
- About the latest results of our Community Conversations with LIFT communities
Explore What We've Accomplished So Far
- Julian Thomas 2018-19 Community Conversation report (English) (Spanish)
- Knapp Elementary 2018-19 year-end report
- Knapp Elementary 2017-18 afterschool program data analysis.
Join United Way of Racine County and Racine Unified School District's Parent University for a series of workshops and events during the month of March, April and May. You'll hear from some of our local partners and the resources they offer in Racine County. We hope to bring our parents, students, families and community members together to learn about the various services offered by our partners in our Community Schools and beyond.
These are the workshops and presentations that you look forward to! All presentations begin at 6pm. Please click the bit.ly link to join the session on that day.
Racine Financial Empowerment Center
March 4 at 6 p.m. in English
March 10 at 6 p.m. in Spanish - http://bit.ly/FEC2021S
The Racine Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) will talk about their free financial counseling services. FEC offers one-on-one professional financial counseling as a free public service. The services are available to all city residents over the age of 18. The Racine FEC can help you set up a budget, save, improve your credit and more! There are no income or program requirements for Racine residents to receive counseling from the FEC.
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
March 18 at 6 p.m. in English - http://bit.ly/YWCAENGLISH2021
March 25 at 6 p.m. in Spanish - https://bit.ly/YWCASPANISH2021
The YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin offers a free HSED (High school equivalency diploma program) in addition to a variety of services that support individuals in improving their academic skills. The HSED program is 15 weeks and both evening and evening class schedules are available Monday through Thursday. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish. Adults can earn their HSED and National Career Readiness Certification simultaneously.
April 1 at 6 p.m. in English - http://bit.ly/CCRENGLISH2021
April 15 at 6 p.m. in Spanish - http://bit.ly/CCRSPANISH2021
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee offers a variety of supports to community members in Racine. Their AFA (Advancing Family Assets) initiative works with the Spanish-speaking Hispanic population in Racine County to address and resolve barriers. They work with all family members in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. The case managers are dedicated to helping families reach their goals.
Laura Martinez has worked with domestic violence victims and low-income families in Racine county for about 15 years. Laura is bilingual and bicultural hailing from Nicaragua Laura participated in community projects such as the Nicaraguan Literacy Program. Laura also taught Spanish to high school students in the Upward Bound program at Beloit College. Laura is dedicated to helping families become self-sufficient and providing them with the tools needed to improve their lives in Racine.
Peggy Caceres has worked with the Spanish community for more than 20 years providing advocacy, assisting with English as a Second Language, working with domestic violence victims and well as translating and interpretation in medical and legal settings. Peggy is dedicated to assisting individuals and families to overcome barriers to achieve their goals and see endless possibilities for themselves and their children.
Educators Credit Union
April 22 at 6 p.m. in English - http://bit.ly/EDUCENG2021
April 29 at 6 p.m. in Spanish - http://bit.ly/EDUCSPANISH2021
Educators offers resources to help their members make effective financial decisions. They offer their members services like daily credit score updates in online and mobile banking. They also offer workshops, events and webinars to adults and youth to help them learn the basics of financial literacy, such as budgeting, saving and investing.
Racine Vocational Ministry
May 6 at 6 p.m. in English - http://bit.ly/RVMENG2021
May 13 6 p.m. in Spanish - http://bit.ly/RVMES2021
Racine Vocational Ministry is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose services offer a holistic approach that cares for and addresses the whole person. Their programs such as Solutions for Success and one-on-one counseling help support community members in their job and career development journey.
May 20 at 6 p.m. in English - http://bit.ly/GirlScoutseng2021
May 27 at 6 p.m. in Spanish - http://bit.ly/GirlScouts2021span
Girl Scouts is a leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts offer every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.