The education challenge

Each year in L.A. County, 100,000 students graduate but half aren’t prepared with the grades or courses to get into college.

HOW WE’RE PREPARING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

United Way is working to ensure all L.A. County students graduate ready for college and a sustainable career by fighting for better educational opportunities, campaigning for improved policies, and driving systems change.

11%

INCREASE

United Way led local district policy changes in L.A. County schools that resulted in an increase of students graduating meeting UC/CSU admission requirements since 2011.

7%

INCREASE

More students in L.A. County are graduating high schools with a 7% increase in graduation rates since 2011.

72,000+

EXPERIENCES

Students in L.A. County have built confidence and skills through more than 70,000 direct experiences with employers in the last 5 years.

FIRST PERSON STORIES

“I'VE HAD OTHER ORGANIZATIONS COME AND SUPPORT ME BUT I FEEL LIKE THE PERSON WHO CAME FROM UNITED WAY WAS THE BEST HELP.”

We've created a Parent Toolkit to empower parents and caregivers with the questions, checklists and info you need to be the biggest advocates for your children’s education.

Parent Toolkit

HOW YOU CAN HELP