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 are continuously identifying key community players that can improve the outcomes for our students leading to high school graduation. Some are organizations that already work with youth, others are businesses that know education is a priority for the community, and individuals who are passionate about the cause. We find the best ways to support and engage these groups with the goal of improving outcomes for our children.
United Way staff:
- Facilitate a process to set community goals
- Develop and maintain course on a shared agenda
- Gather and analyze national research, local data, and community input
- Develop shared measurement systems across service provider institutions
- Build community will
- Engage volunteers
- Mobilize financial support
- Organize and facilitate work groups in a results-focused process to build, implement, measure, and continuously improve collaborative action plans to meet the goal
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% to 80% in the past 10 years.
Achieving high school graduation starts long before a child reaches high school. We have found that there are 4 indicators along the way that can help determine if a student will graduate – kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency, 8th grade math proficiency and 9th grade on track.
Community PLUS Schools
This school-community partnership is United Way’s innovative collaboration with the Anchorage School District, strategically using data as an early warning system, connecting children to in-school and also non-academic supports, increasing family engagement and tracking student progress.
Following a two-year pilot phase, we expanded this partnership to four elementary schools in Anchorage with a goal to improve math proficiency and attendance.
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 stresses of high school. It’s easy to see how your 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. To see what’s happened in our first year, click the Learn More button!
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. Making sure our kids are in school everyday takes all of us. Find out how you can become an Attendance Champion and spread the message of how important it is for students to be in school.
We hear over and over again from students (and adults!) “I can’t do math. I’m not good at math. I was never good at math. When am I ever going to need algebra?” This March, the 90% by 2020 8th Grade Math Network and Community Will Building Committee are launching a campaign to highlight and share all the fun and creative ways that we use math in our everyday lives and at work.