85 percent. That’s the percentage of high school kids who graduate on time from public schools in the Duval County. In one year, over 500,000 young adults across the nation will leave high school without a diploma.
United Way of Northeast Florida is committed to ensuring that students stay in school, graduate on time and enroll in post-secondary educational opportunities that will further their career prospects and set them up for successful lives. While the national dropout rate has steadily declined since 1970, we believe there is more work to be done to ensure all kids get the same opportunities to succeed.
Many kids drop out of school not by choice but because of obstacles that prohibit them from furthering their education. These young men and women might attend poorly resourced schools, deal with poverty, family crisis, language barriers or a lack of positive role models on a daily basis.
This is where United Way of Northeast Florida and our partners step in to create an all-encompassing support system for at-risk youth. These efforts start at an early age and follow the kids every step of the way to ensure they are able to walk across that graduation stage.
In elementary school, we help students improve their social-emotional development and early literacy skills.
In middle school, we connect students to after-school programs, academic supports like tutoring, and enriching activities like STEM. These activities help them see the relevance of school for future careers and keep them on track and engaged and on track.
In high school, we support college and career readiness initiatives, and connect youth to jobs so young people can explore areas of interest and have experiences that prepare them for college and work.
The decision to quit school isn't made in one day. It’s a thought that builds over time. With your help, United Way of Northeast Florida can step in early and support youth as they pass algebra tests, write essays and eventually don their cap and gown, ready for the next steps in their lives.
Your donation today will go directly to funding programs that focus on increasing high-school graduation rates in Northeast Florida.
National Center for Education Statistics
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education