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OWCAP’s Mission is to Elevate Individuals, Families, and Communities of Weber County by Improving Self‐Sufficiency Through Services and Collaboration. We accomplish that mission through various programs.
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five. Head Start programs support children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:
- Early learning: Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development
- Health: Each child’s perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
- Family well-being: Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support:
- positive parent-child relationships
- families as learners and lifelong educators
- family engagement in transitions
- family connections to peers and community; and
- families as advocates and leaders
Community Support Department provides a number of services to individuals and families each year that working to overcome the obstacles of poverty. Services provided are:
- Education and Employment – ESL, GED and HS classes are provided by Weber School District by certified teachers. Employment counseling, resume writing, job listings, referrals and application help is provided in our Career Center.
- Financial – provides Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Counseling on budgeting and credit repair and information on Utah Saves, a savings program.
- Circles – a long term approach to end poverty permanently in our community. Each week, local families working to overcome poverty (Circle Leaders) meet with community volunteers (Allies) over dinner. During these meetings, Circle leaders work on their goals toward self-reliance. Over time, incomes improve, debt and public assistance decrease and necessary relationships are built.
- Communities That Care – Is a framework that strengthens all schools in Roy with a coalition of volunteers to teach, advise and give tools to prevent suicide, substance abuse and increase family bonding and positive relationships.
- Referrals – For services not available at OWCAP, we provide information and contacts that can help an individual in their unique situation get the appropriate resources needed.
Intern at Head Start
Students in the Social Work, Child & Family Studies, and Early Childhood Education have opportunities to do their internships, work-study, and/or practicum with our program.
Volunteers in the classrooms are always needed. Help the children with learning such as reading, math, science, large and small motor skill development, arts and crafts, etc.
Volunteers are needed to support individuals and families that are learning skills and tools to overcome the barriers of poverty. Circles meets weekly on Wednesday nights from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Dinner is provided to participants and volunteers during the evening. You can volunteer as an Ally, mentoring an individual working toward their goals of becoming self-sufficient. Groups are encouraged to volunteer with the child and youth program, where they can plan and guide activities that take place after dinner.
Whether you have one hour or one hundred hours to give, you can make a difference in the life of those served by OWCAP. If you are interested in volunteering, with the contact Kim Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-399-9281 ext.301) to talk about the different volunteering opportunities