United Way Works to Address the Education Crisis
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with too many of our children dropping out each year, Salem County faces an education crisis. United Way of Salem County will work in support of and in collaboration with local school districts to promote learning environments in school and out of school that encourage our kids to achieve academic success. Comprehensive community based educational programming, parental engagement efforts and enhanced school efforts will provide the supportive network needed to thrive.
In 2013, UWSC will launch a 5-year initiative to cut the number of high school dropouts 25% by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a county-wide 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.
1Figure according to Communities in Schools, one of America’s leading drop-out prevention partnerships.