ELP Students Head Back to School
Children across the region are back in the classroom, either virtually or in person. For the little ones in Youth In Need’s Early Learning Programs (ELP), it was a reunion day unlike any other. ELP had been operating remotely since mid-March, providing virtual education and support to more than 1,000 young children and their families. While it was great for teachers and children to stay connected during the COVID outbreak, nothing compared to reuniting with children and families in person, which finally happened at the end of August.
With the first phase of the ELP re-entry plan in place, the Wentzville, Montgomery County, Academy Neighborhood and Meramec centers opened their doors for children and staff. Re-entry included the implementation of many new safety protocols, including reduced capacity, new drop-off and pick-up procedures, daily health screenings for staff and children, masks and face shields for checking temperatures and so much more. Staff were thrilled to be reunited with their students, and the children were just as happy to be back with teachers and friends alike. Eager to be back at full capacity, one child at the Academy Neighborhood School said, “Where’s all our people?”
United Way Kicks Off Annual Campaign
Last week, the United Way of Greater St. Louis launched its annual fundraising campaign, which supports hundreds of organizations just like Youth In Need. With a continued focus on the St. Louis region’s most pressing issues, like health, safety, racial equity and stability, the United Way’s vital funding helps Youth In Need provide critical and direct services to meet the needs of children and families in the St. Louis region. Stand United with us by visiting WeAreAllUnited.org
Tee It Up for Kids at Golfing for Youth
Join us for a socially distanced day of fun on the course! Youth In Need’s 23rd annual Golfing for Youth Benefit Tournament, presented by Centene Charitable Foundation and UPS – Central Plains District, is Monday, October 26, 2020, at Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles. Learn how you can help make this year’s tournament a success at youthinneed.org/GolfingforYouth.