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Author: Lindsay Torrico

Lindsay Torrico

Lindsay Torrico

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 Chaka Fattah (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).

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Watching the State of the Union Address? Tell the President to #TalkYouthJobs!


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.


How Educating Young Girls is Improving the Economy Across the World


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.


Join the Global Campaign to Support International Literacy Day


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.


#FirstGen: Helping First-Generation College Students Succeed


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


Take Action on National Summer Learning Day!


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. More

United Way on the Hill. Amplify the Message!


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. More

Map the Meal Gap Report: Child Hunger in Your Community


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. More

Send a Valentine’s Message to Congress: Show Kids the Love in the Budget


For the second year, United Way is joining with First Focus to launch the “Show Kids the Love” advocacy campaign. More

Join the #StrongStart for Children State of the Union Campaign!


January means New Year’s resolutions, post-Holiday sales, and the President’s State of the Union address. More

Top 10 Advocacy Accomplishments of the Past Year


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. More

Celebrate American Education Week and Raise Your Hand for Student Success!


American Education Week—November 18-22, 2013—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. More

Take Action for Afterschool!


Happy Lights On Afterschool Day! Across the country, communities are celebrating the power of high-quality afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs to make a difference in the lives of children and youth. More

Tell Congress & the President: Come Together; End the Government Shutdown


We are now in day 8 of the federal government shutdown. Many education, income and health services benefiting children and families have been affected by cuts to programs or furloughs of important governmental staff. 


It’s United Way Education Action Week. Take Action!


To kick off the back-to-school season, United Way is organizing an Education Action Week to rally congressional and public support for education nationwide. This week, local United Ways, partners and caring citizens are joining together to send a message to policymakers to prioritize our nation’s children and invest in a quality education for all. More


Call for Submissions: Blog for Education!


As the school year approaches, United Way is coordinating an Education Action Week to kick off back-to-school events and activities across communities nationwide. Help us raise awareness about critical education issues. Join our blog carnival and submit a blog post on the importance of school attendance! More

Join United Way Education Action Week: August 19-23


Every year, members of Congress return to their home districts during the month of August. August recess is a time for members to meet with their constituents and hear about their community concerns.


It’s Past Time to Fix Our Schools


For over five years now, Congress has attempted and failed to pass the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the largest federal program designed to improve education. Sign United Way's petition urging policymakers to pass a bipartisan bill that helps all children succeed! More

A Special Education Advocate Helps Children Reach Their Full Potential


Volunteers play an active role in advocating for special needs children and young adults. More


Recognizing National Service on the First-Ever Mayor’s Day


Service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and central to how we meet our challenges. United Way is pleased to partner with the Corporation for National and Community Service in the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Find out about the Mayor's Day and how you can help recognize the value of national service. More


U.S. Department of Agriculture Kicks Off Summer Meals


With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about how children will access healthy meals outside of the classroom. United Way is raising awareness about where families across the country can find free and nutritious meals for their children during the summer months. Help support increasing access to nutritious meals for young people during the summer months. More

Celebrating National Middle Level Education Month


This month, United Way is working to ensure that middle grade success and transition to high school is a national priority. Join us in raising awareness about the importance of the middle grades. Learn how you can be a middle grade advocate. More

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on March 1


This Friday, educators and policymakers will be donning their Cat-in-the-Hat hats and reading to children in honor of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss' birthday. Help us leverage this literary celebration by sending an oped on early grade reading to your local newspapers. More

Speak Out for Kids in the Federal Budget


In the coming weeks, Congress must make several critical budgetary decisions. Join us in speaking out about prioritizing children and youth in the budget. Send in your stories and budget priorities to the Senate Budget Committee's new MyBudget tool, an effort to engage members of the public in the federal budget process. More

This Valentine’s Day, Support our Children and Youth


This Valentine's Day, our nation’s vulnerable children need your love and support. Unless Congress acts before March 1, an across-the-board spending cut to many programs supporting children and their families will go into effect. Join the “Show Kids the Love” campaign and send a Valentine’s e-card to your member of Congress today.


We want to hear from you! What should the President address in his State of the Union?


On Tuesday, February 12th, President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union Address from the U.S. Capitol. There are a number of issues that affect the well-being of our nation’s children. What issue do YOU think the President should focus on? More

Be a Champion of Service


As National Day of Service approaches, United Way invites you to join us in calling attention to the programs and policies that bring Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream to life. Be a voice for national service. Read four ways you can get involved. More

Top 6 Advocacy Accomplishments of the Past Year


As we set goals for the New Year, we want to take the time to appreciate and celebrate the successes of the past year. Thanks to your support, United Way is making a real impact on the issues we all care about: education, income and health. Check out some highlights of what United Way achieved in 2012. Join us in 2013. More

How will you LIVE UNITED This Year? Share your #LIVEUNITED Resolution!


As 2012 comes to a close, it’s time to think about setting goals for the New Year. Whether it’s hitting the gym or calling your parents more often, the New Year is a new start and opportunity for self-improvement.


We Need YOUth: Children’s Inaugural Address Video Project


This January, President Obama will deliver his inaugural address, setting the tone and the agenda for the coming term. More than one-third of the U.S. population is under age 24; that's a lot of ideas and perspectives that should not be ignored in Washington, DC. That's why with your help, several national organizations are creating a Children’s Inaugural Address video to give voice to young people’s priorities and ideas. More

Give the ‘Gift of Giving’


Tis the season for giving and donating to your favorite charity's end-of-the year holiday drive. This is a time of year to appreciate our nation's rich history and tradition of charitable giving. Unfortunately, the tax policies that encourage individuals to give are at risk. We need your urgent help to tell Congress about how current tax laws on charitable giving help individuals and families in our communities. More



Our BIG THANKS today goes to our nation’s public officials. You dedicate countless hours in service advancing the common good. You stand up to represent the needs of all and make sure our communities flourish. More

Out-of-school Time Summit: Continuing the Momentum


United Way's Lindsay Torrico talks about the take-aways from the Out-of-school Time Summit and how advocates can support this critical issue.


Join the #KidsWin Rally and Help Reengage Disconnected Youth


As the school year begins, we are reminded of the millions of young people who will not head back to the classroom this fall. There are an estimated 6.7 million youth between ages 16 to 24 that are disconnected from both school and work - of which 3.4 million are defined as being “chronic” having no attachment to school or the labor market since the age of 16. More


Want to help our kids succeed? Join the #KidsWin Rally


On Tuesday, September 25, United Way is planning advocacy opportunities supporting our nation's young people. Join our #KidsWin Rally Today! More

Advocate for Education, Income and Health this August Recess


Before you head out the door for your August vacation, take some time to meet with your congressional representatives during their month-long break. Members of Congress will be in their home state and district offices during the month of August. More

United Way Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day 2012


Nearly 50 United Way CEOs, staff and volunteers gathered in Washington, DC last week for an advocacy training and Hill Day focused on advocating for critical Education, Income and Health issues. More

United Way and Team NFL Go to Capitol Hill


In celebration of United Way Day of Action, 19 NFL players, United Way professionals and high-achieving youth from challenged high schools flocked to Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 21. The NFL players, students and United Way staff gathered on the steps of the Capitol for an historic photo and to participate in “The Big Tweet,” a social media campaign encouraging individuals to share how they are making a difference in their community. Each of the NFL players met with their U.S. Senators and congress member from the U.S. House of Representatives. They shared about the importance of mentors in the life of a child and asked their Member of Congress to join United Way’s initiative to recruit one million readers, tutors and mentors for young people. These players have pledged to find 3,000 volunteers who will help cut the dropout rate in half by 2018. More


Building a Grad Nation Summit: Highlights and Next Steps for Youth Advocates


United Way's Lindsay Torrico offers her reflections on America's Promise Alliance's second annual "Building a Grad Nation" Summit, the premier event of a 10-year campaign to end the high school dropout crisis. More

Moving America’s Children Into the Spotlight


As Election Day 2012 approaches, United Way is partnering with several national children’s organizations, including Voices for America’s Future (Voices), the Children’s Leadership Council, SparkAction and the National Collaboration for Youth, to ensure that children, youth and families are not forgotten during Town Halls, debates and especially in the voting booth. More

Half-Time in America: Time to Reclaim Disconnected Youth


United Way's Lindsay Torrico co-authors a blog post with First Focus' Roberto Viramontes on reclaiming our nation's disconnected youth. More

Mentoring: A Commitment Worth Making


In the spirit of National Mentoring Month, United Way's Lindsay Torrico recounts her experience as a weekend tutor and what it has meant to her. More

Reflections on United Way’s Education Advocacy Efforts


Despite threats to critical education programs and heightened political battles in Congress, 2011 was a great year for United Way Worldwide’s education policy work. United Way worked tirelessly to raise awareness about education policy issues and advocate for key pieces of legislation that provide young people with the supports necessary for success in college, work and life. More


Give the Gift of Literacy this Holiday Season


As the winter season approaches, I’m reminded of the days I would curl up with a good book and a hot chocolate at my grandmother’s house during the winter breaks as a child. More

Celebrating American Education Week


American Education Week (Nov. 13-19), is an opportunity for us to honor those individuals that work everyday to make a difference for children in local communities across the nation. More