Education is an investment priority aligned with our child well-being efforts to create a clear path for youth to be successful in high school and graduate for higher education and higher growth careers.

Improve the lives of children, families, and communities today.

The Research Tells Us*


9th graders feel that adults at the school don’t listen to them.

1 in 4

Students believe their teachers aren’t interested in them as people. 


Eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.

*Hastings High School Students, MN Student Report Card, 2019

Communities In Schools

In 2019, UWH partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) – Twin Cities to work directly inside Hastings schools, building relationships that empower students to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

Details about CIS Twin Cities

The Model

CIS Twin Cities model brings community resources, with the help of UWH, into the Hastings schools to empower success for all students by removing barriers for vulnerable students and families. 

CIS National model

Hastings High School Site Coordinator

Kel O’Leary works with students at the high school and their families.  In Spring 2020, Kel worked with nearly 25 Hastings High School 9th & 10th graders failing in 1 or more courses who improved their grades and passed classes.  All while distance learning during the pandemic.