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United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Fun in the Sun Summer Program Welcomes Salud Carbajal to Guest Speaker Series, Failing Forward Guest Speakers Share Personal Experiences on Overcoming Adversity

Whether we like it or not, failure is an inevitable obstacle on the path to success. It is essential that we all learn how to overcome failure and disappointment. As part of United Way of Santa Barbara County’s (UWSBC) national award-winning Fun in the Sun (FITS) summer enrichment program, kids are being encouraged to refer to this as “failing forward.”

Based on Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, UWSBC’s “failing forward” curriculum maintains that the three most important character traits for success are curiosity, perseverance and grit. To demonstrate how these qualities help build successful adults,UWSBC invited a series of guest speakers including local community leaders and volunteers to share their experiences with overcoming adversity and how those experiences have helped shape their identities today.

FITS offers participants a fun learning environment with a daily emphasis on literacy, including reading and writing. Afternoon enrichment opportunities include activities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), service learning projects and field trips.

About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families &seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health. About Fun in the Sun Fun in the Sun is a summer learning program component that is a part of United Way of Santa Barbara County’s United for Literacy (UFL) Initiative. The purpose of UFL is to help achieve United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Ten Year Education goals to increase on-time high school graduation rate by 50% and increase students reading at or above grade level by 50% in every grade.


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