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United Way of Southern Cameron County has partnered with your District for years. We have worked with you to ensure better student outcomes, like reading on grade level and on-time high school graduation for the most vulnerable students. Together we have focused on student success, and we’ve done amazing work together.


But now it’s 2022, and the world has turned upside down. We’ve lost friends, family members, and all the familiar routines that once defined our days. Our safety net is fraying, and so is our peace of mind. We are in this together, but together has a whole new meaning right now.


Now it’s time to focus on you and your wellness. Wellness is a deliberate, disciplined and rewarding commitment to feeling good, and when you feel good you can do good. United Way of Southern Cameron County is offering you the help you might need to start feeling good again.


We’re beginning with webinars filled with information about what you can do right now to cope with what is happening right now. Maybe you will want to dig a little deeper. If you do, we offer counseling in small groups of people who, like you, might need a little more time and guidance to start feeling good again. Finally, one-on-one counseling is available if that’s what is called for. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.


We are here for you. We know there are no great outcomes for students without you, and we want to help you to feel your best so you can do your best. We are in this together. This is one more way we can Live United.

United Way Southern Cameron County Wellness Project Team

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Traci Wickett, President & CEO

United Way Southern of Cameron County

Traci Wickett has been President and CEO of United Way of Southern Cameron County since 1996. She served as Chairman of the Board of United Ways of Texas, the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas Southmost College Foundation Board of Trustees. Traci is a past member of United Way Worldwide National Professional Council and a graduate of Leadership Brownsville Class 5. She was named Brownsville’s Woman of the Year in 2006.

Traci is deeply involved in education initiatives throughout the Rio Grande Valley. She served as lead staff on Brownsville’s Partners for Postsecondary Success initiative (All In) and Family Engagement for High School Success, a partnership between Los Fresnos CISD and United Way of Southern Cameron County. She also serves on the Leadership Team for RGV Focus, an initiative of Educate Texas. 



Selma Yznaga, PhD, CSC, LPC, EMDR Certified

Associate Professor, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Selma de Leon-Yznaga is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  She is a former elementary school teacher, elementary school counselor, and high school counselor. Dr. Yznaga is a United Way Board member serving as the UWSCC Wellness Project coordinator.


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