Foster Youth IDA Program


Foster Youth IDA Program

United Way’s Women United raises funds to help foster youth prepare to be self-sufficient once they leave the foster care system. Through a special bank account called an Individual Development Account (IDA), for every dollar a foster youth saves, an additional dollar is placed into the account and can be used to purchase specific items such as transportation, education, computers, rent and health insurance. While saving, foster youth take financial literacy classes and learn how to build a savings account, comparison shop and budget. Each foster youth also receives tutoring, mentoring, life skills classes, and career and education planning to help with their transition.

Learn more about Women United and their work to support foster youth. 

Square One Project Stephanie McLemore Bray

Women United!
I am excited to announce that Women in Philanthropy is now Women United!

Our United Way has joined thousands of other women around the country in the next generation of a powerful movement. As leaders in that movement for nearly sixteen years, Women United in the Sacramento Region has invested over $1.9 million in support of emancipating foster youth, the most vulnerable among our children. That support includes matched savings accounts so that foster youth have a safety net when they exit the system. That is why I am a platinum member of Women United and I am humbled to be part of such a dynamic group of women.