United Way’s education strategy is guided by research on best practices in student achievement. This research demonstrates that students are more likely to succeed if they receive rigorous preparation for high school in the middle school years; parental engagement to support student learning and effective teaching.
Because of heroes like you:
Over 48,000 students and parents have the tools and support they need, ensuring a pathway out of poverty and onto graduation, prepared for college and the workforce.
Over 24,000 students received after-school support in either Math or English; 56% of students tracked improved their Math performance; 58% improved their English, Language, Arts (ELA) performance.
Since 2007 we’ve been tracking 2,000 8th grade students; 84% have successfully completed 9th grade & 71% have successfully completed 10th grade.
We’ve engaged over 1,400 parents in school leadership training.
We’ve also outreached to over 24,000 parents and students in key advocacy efforts to improve public education such as making A-G college prep courses mandatory.
Eighth grader, Marina Mendoza was struggling in school. When she found she couldn’t read as fast as her peers, they began to tease her and her grades began to slip. Thanks to your support, today Marina is now reading at a ninth grade level and has her sights set on college.