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.
In 2008, United Way Worldwide 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.
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.
Our Focus Areas
• Enter school ready to succeed
• Read proficiently by 3rd grade
• Graduate from high school on time
• Be ready for success in college, work, and life
Our Action Plan
United 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. Launched in 2013, Ready Set Grow is a community-wide initiaitive focused on early learning. The initiative was endorsed by the Education Leadership Delegation and received seed funding awarded by the United Way Community Building Council. Click here to learn more!
Join us for the very first 'Laps for Literacy' event
Promoting the importance of exercise and literacy in a fun and interactive way for everyone Adams County.
Children and their families/caregivers are invited to come run a lap around the Quincy University stadium field with the QU Hawk and pick out a book of their choice (in case of rain the event will be held in the Quincy University Pepsi Arena). No RSVP is needed unless you are bringing a large group.
We are also using this as an opportunity for local social service agencies and schools to stock their library. If you are a teacher or work at a social services agency that could use a boost to your library, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for the event, along with your estimated book request.
Now through April 24 The United Way Grade Level Reading Campaign Solutions Team will be collecting gently used or new books to distribute at the Laps for Literacy event to promote the importance of reading at every age. If you are able to donate gently used books from your library you are giving the gift for a love of reading that could last a lifetime.
Look for the Laps for Literacy sign on bins around town to make your donation. Participating business locations are Quincy Public Library, Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri, MyCountyMarket, MyCountyMarket, Quincy University, Harrison Quincy Harrison Hyvee, 36th Street Hy-Vee, and Quincy Medical Group.