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Innovative Learning Opportunities

Educational Tax Credits

For the past 12 years, the United Way has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) as a Pre-Kindergarten, Educational Improvement, Scholarship and Opportunity Scholarship organization. Each year, dozens of generous companies obtain tax credits through the PA DCED and contribute them to the United Way. Thanks to this generosity, the United Way awarded 72 scholarships for students attending fee-based schools last year. Also through this program, the United Way supported a Digital Photography program during the school year for students from 10-18 years of age. Through this program, the students learned the basics of photography, composition and digital editing. The young photographers created their own portfolios and exhibited their work throughout the year at First Friday art festivals in downtown Scranton. The United Way also supported an after-school and summer program for students in Wayne County to expand on their Environmental Education and also supported a Robotics initiative to increase the students’ abilities in the sciences and math. 
 
The United Way also leveraged the Pre-K tax credits to provide scholarships to 145 children from five counties. Learn more about how your business can apply for these tax credits through the PA DCED.
 

2018 NEPA Girl's STEM Competiton, powered by United WaySTEM TRAINING AND COMPETITION

For the second year, the United Way powered the NEPA Girl’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Competition at Valley View High School. Over 100 girls in 5th-8th grades competed during this day-long event on 39 teams representing school districts across four counties. The competition served as the culmination of numerous year-long, afterschool programs to showcase their talents on a regional basis. With your help and continued support, the United Way is pleased to help young girls explore various career paths in this underrepresented field. 
 
The teams competed in:
 
  • Science: Conducting a lab experiment
  • Technology: Hands-on Scratch programming
  • Engineering: Designing and building a “Mousetrap Car”
  • Math: Developing a computer-based math game