United Way works to end America’s education crisis
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes.1 These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.
After a successful 10 year intiative to cut the number of high school dropout in half by 2018, United Way Worldwide has raised the bar on a mission to leave no child behind. Our 2028 goal is for 95% of children graduating high school ready for college and career. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it!
We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.
How You Can Help
To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help. Or make a donation to the United Way Community Investment Campaign and target your donation towards the Health Impact area. Everyone deserves a good guality of life. Donate Today.
1Figure according to Communities in Schools, one of America’s leading drop-out prevention partnerships.