Lindsay Torrico is Director of Policy and Advocacy at United Way Worldwide. Prior to working at United Way, she worked on social policy for Senator John Kerry (MA) and Congressman (PA-02). While pursuing her graduate degree, she was an Education Pioneers Fellow at City Year-Los Angeles, where she developed their three to five year government relations strategy and coordinated a county-wide literacy campaign, spearheaded by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. When she’s not working, Lindsay volunteers as a tutor and art enrichment teacher at her local elementary school and serves as Social Media Coordinator for Young Education Professionals-DC (YEP-DC). Lindsay holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia and an M.P.P., with a concentration in Urban and Social Policy, from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
On Tuesday, January 20 at 9pm ET, President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union Address. While the state of the nation’s economy is in a steady recovery, the youth unemployment rate has remained stubbornly high and the number of young people considered to be “disconnected” from the workforce or school system has hardly fallen.
The economic crises around the world are almost overwhelming. But one of the best investments we can make is in girls – in helping them get educated, healthy and empowered to contribute to their communities.
On September 8, International Literacy Day, United Way is joining with education organizations across the globe to focus attention on the need to promote worldwide literacy. For over 40 years now, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners have been celebrating International Literacy Day by reminding the international community that literacy is critical for a healthy society and the foundation of all learning. In countries all over the world the day raises people's awareness of and concern for literacy challenges within communities.
On August 6, United Way co-hosted a Twitter Chat on innovative policies and practices that can improve first generation college success. The goal of the Twitter Chat was to identify challenges that first generation students encounter on the road to and through college and to highlight effective practices for supporting students to succeed in their postsecondary aspirations.
Other co-hosts included Eric Waldo, Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative; Michael & Susan Dell Foundation; I’m First; Let's Get Ready; First Generation Film; SEO Scholars; College Greenlight; The National Council of Young Leaders; Bottom Line; College Summit; Graduate NYC!; The Forum for Youth Investment; Demos; and SparkAction.org.
National Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day recognized to highlight the importance of high-quality summer learning programs. Summer Learning Day engages individuals in a national movement to spread awareness about the importance of ensuring that every child is safe, healthy and engaged in learning during the summer.
United Way is joining with nearly one-thousand advocates on May 14 to raise our voices for working families across the country. We know that in order for our nation to compete in the global economy we need high-quality child care that gives every child a solid foundation; income supports that help people reach their full potential; and good health that allows children to stay on track in school and adults be productive at work.
Even as unemployment numbers start to decline, families in communities across the country are struggling to put food on the table. A new Feeding America report on local-level food insecurity reveals that in every state in America, children are at a greater risk of experiencing hunger than the overall population.
Thanks in large part to your support and engagement in our calls to action, 2013 was an unbelievable year of advocacy for the policies and programs that strengthen families and communities across the country.