Advocate

Group photo from United Way Public Policy Day

Advocate. Do you know what it means to advocate?

Advocacy means different things to different people. For some, advocating means talking to others about important issues facing our community; for others, advocacy takes place through writing a letter or getting in touch with an elected official to voice concern or support.

Did you know anyone can champion the cause?

Whether you’re speaking out to improve education, financial stability and health, or wearing your LIVE UNITED shirt to show support, you can help inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. So go ahead, advocate in a LIVE UNITED world. Do it in public. Be visible. Be loud. Whatever you do, make your voice heard!

Trident United Way gives voice to community solutions at the state and local levels. We work with other United Ways in South Carolina through the United Way Association of South Carolina to focus on causes that matter to you:

  •     School Readiness
  •     Third Grade Literacy
  •     Increasing Access to Quality Health Care
  •     Access to work supports
  •     Gaining and Sustaining Assets

Public Policy Updates

Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement

United Ways across South Carolina succeeded in passing a financial literacy graduation requirement for SC students.

  • Passed legislature through budget proviso
  • Requires all students to complete a half credit in financial literacy (one semester)
  • Takes the place of an elective credit instead of replacing World Economics requirement
  • Coursework requirement will begin in 2023 to be taught by 2025 (it is a junior or senior level course)
  • UWASC and local United Ways working to expand financial literacy building blocks to earlier grades. 

Read more about the Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement.