Community Education Partnerships

K-12 and External Relations serves as the front door to the community by connecting the needs of K-12 to UNCA. In doing so create relationships that are mutually beneficial for UNCA students and K-12 students, creating avenues of access. For more information about any of these initiatives contact Amanda Hanson at

United Way Resource Community Schools Strategy

I represent UNC Asheville in this, nationally recognized, growing body of work to boost middle school success through extensive community partnerships and university-school partnership models. I serve as a member on the United Way’s community schools’ resource teams at Enka, Erwin, Owen, Reynolds, and Asheville Middle schools. The Community Schools Strategy creates a resource hub in schools districts with 60% or more of students receiving free or reduced lunch. Community schools recognize the external factors that influence student achievement such as family circumstances, poverty, race, health, cultural differences, student engagement.
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United For Youth (U4Y)

The United for Youth Network is a multi-generational, cross-sector cradle-to-career partnership built on the principle that “Equity and Educational Excellence are Inseparable.” The Network convenes annually and we are the ‘official home’. The annual convening brings together 120-140 middle school teachers, administrators and students, as well as local government, and local foundation members.