Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life. It also benefits the whole community: High school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate, and go on to higher education or work.
United Way is about more than short-term charity for a few; we’re about lasting solutions that build opportunity for all. We look at the big picture to assess which resources are lacking or need strengthening, then we address those gaps to keep kids on track to graduation and beyond.
United Way is fighting to give every young person in every community the knowledge, skills and experiences to succeed in school, work and life. Too often, youth who live in economically disadvantaged communities and/or attend poorly resourced schools face challenges, drop out, and don’t go on to college or earn some form of post-secondary training or credential.
But we’re shifting the odds. Bringing together partners from all sectors, we’re working to help every youth create a successful pathway from school to career. United Way is helping young people participate in school- or community-based afterschool and summer programs to help them succeed in the classroom, work and life. But that’s not enough. We want students graduating high school ready for college and career in the U.S., and workforce age adults getting better jobs.