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. These trends are reversible, but only when
communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.
2008, United Way launched a 10-year initiative to cut by half the number of young people who
drop out of high school by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths
— a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it.
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
Our Focus Areas
Enter school ready to succeed
Read proficiently by 4th grade
Make a successful transition to middle school
Graduate from high school on time
Be ready for success in college, work, and life
Our Action Plan
Way of Adams County has assembled an Education
Leadership Delegation of
experts in the field. These professionals research and develop new programs and partnerships
aimed at helping children succeed and keeping youth on track.