Square ONE Project


Ending poverty starts in school

Ending poverty starts in school The Square One Project is United Way California Capital Region’s 20-year commitment to increase the number of kids that graduate from high school ready for college or career.

Together with nonprofits, volunteers, and community partners, we are creating a legacy of change for our region that will impact kids today and generations to come. The Square One Project ensures success in school and provides tools and resources to build brighter futures.

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Planting the seed for a love of reading

When Wayne Ginsburg of Woodland first heard about Ashland Reads from his daughter who lived in Ashland, Oregon, he wanted to bring the program to Woodland. So he connected with Lori Ross, a former student of his at the helm of Woodland United Way, to create Woodland Kids Read and Dream.

“I thought that maybe I could leave the idea with Lori and run away, but somehow that didn’t work, so I’m still heavily involved,” Wayne said laughing.


Experience Corps provides strategic support for students
Early literacy program helps children become successful confident readers

When Sal Garcia became principal at Elkhorn Village School in West Sacramento two years ago, he was immediately intrigued with the school’s partnership with United Way’s Experience Corps program.

“Experience Corps very quickly struck me – what a phenomenal way to get kids some additional support,” he said. “I was sold on the program very early on.”