We work 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 of school each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost is more than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes, and productivity over their lifetimes.
Education is the first step across the opportunity divide.
The opportunity to attend college and choose a career path should not be determined by where a child grows up. All kids deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential and become the next leaders in our community.
Education is the change that lasts.
Young people who graduate from high school are more likely to earn more than the median income in a community, will live healthier – and longer – lives, commit less crime, vote more, volunteer more, and be better citizens. Not only does giving kids the skills to succeed in school sets them up for lifelong success, it also allows our entire economy to reap the greatest return from an investment in education.
Our community goal is to cut the number of high school dropouts in half by 2018, and prepare at least 50% of all students to graduate and succeed by giving them access to the best educational programs Frederick has to offer. While Frederick County enjoys a strong high school graduation rate, cutting current drop-out rates in half would increase the median income and reduce poverty by 7%.
To focus on high school alone is not enough. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually because they start early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on approaches rooted in research that create supportive communities, effective schools and strong foundations that stem from family engagement.
We get kids ready for kindergarten by advocating for policies that strengthen early childhood education across the state such as the Born Learning program.
We provide out-of-school support from mentors in afterschool and summer programs, as well as recruiting hundreds of volunteers to read to, tutor, and mentor Frederick students through the One Million Mentors and Everybody's a Role Model programs.
We work to enhance academic achievement through English language learning, STEM initiatives, college and career preparation, and the United in Kindness project.
Our Education Partners
Each year we grant more than $75,000 to area nonprofits to help students get access to early learning opportunities, after-school activities, mentors, tutors, healthy food, school supplies, and other educational opportunities.
To boost student achievement, we currently fund several educational programs focused on the strategies that local education experts say are the keys to long-term student success.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Frederick County, YMCA, and the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick are just a few examples of organizations that United Way supports financially.
How YOU can help