Our Children’s Potential is Our Community’s Potential
Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. Because 80% of the factors for student success are actually community based – not what is happening in the classroom – United Way of Anchorage leads partnerships that strategically support the most at-risk students in the community.
United Way of Anchorage provides essential staff support for the 90% by 2020 Community Partnership. We find the key community players that help our students succeed in school. Some are organizations that already work with youth, others are businesses that know education is a priority for the community, and some are individuals who are passionate about the cause. Together, we find the best ways to support and engage these groups with the goal of improving outcomes for our children.
United Way staff:
- Lead conversations about community goals
- Develop and maintain a plan for shared community goals
- Build community will
- Engage volunteers
- Empower the community to make informed decisions about their donations
Did you know:
- A high school graduate will earn up to 74% more over their lifetime than a high school drop out?
- The Anchorage School District has the most diverse schools in the nation?
- 20% of the Anchorage School District students have been or are currently in the English Language Learners program?
- The four-year high school graduation rate in Anchorage has risen from 59% in 2005 to 81.4% in 2017.
Community + Schools
When a teacher notices a student has been missing school, often there is not much they can do to help. Through Community + Schools, we work with the teachers, students and their families to break down the barriers that keep kids from succeeding in school. We connect students to non-academic supports like signing them up for free lunch, getting them a mentor, signing them up for after school programs and much more.
Back on Track
Think to when you were in high school and the stress you felt, both academically and socially. Now imagine if you didn’t know where your next meal was coming from or if you would have a roof over your head, on top of the existing stresses of high school. It’s easy to see how education may take a backseat for students in these life circumstances. United Way is working to remove those added obstacles so homeless and at-risk youth can focus on their education. Check out what happened in our first year.
Attendance is a critical factor to a student’s school success at all grade levels. When we as a community send the message to kids that attendance matters, it has an impact. They know we are watching and we care. Ensuring our kids are in school every day takes all of us. Find out how you can become an Attendance Champion and help spread the message.
The road to graduation starts long before a student reaches high school. We want children and their families to start thinking about their high school graduation while kids are young. To help reinforce this message, United Way has created the Graduation Station that we bring to events around the community. Learn how you can get the Graduation Station at your next family event!
We think graduating high school is a big deal! We want our 2018 graduates and future graduates to know that their community supports them. Join us as we blitz the town in a resounding “Congratulations” to the class of 2018. Check back soon for the toolkit.
The more kids read, the better their chances at success – in school and beyond. Giving every child an opportunity to love reading is what a Reading Oasis is all about. Loaded with new books and comfy furniture, a Reading Oasis is a safe and inviting space within a school where kids can enjoy a good book. Learn how you can help bring a Reading Oasis to more Anchorage elementary schools.