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.1 These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.
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
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.
In 2016, United Way of Santa Rosa funded the following Agencies that are Committed to Education:
The ARC of the Emerald Coast, Santa Rosa Adult Day Training
YMCA of Northwest Florida Youth Development
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Youth Mentoring
Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County School Readiness Childcare
Santa Rosa Kids' House Child Abuse Prevention Education