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. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.
In 2010, the average high school graduation rate across America reached 78 percent, the highest level in over 30 years. Behind this nationwide surge are nearly 1,200 United Ways transforming their communities and raising the bar for an entire generation of students.
Our goal is to reach a graduation rate of 87 percent by 2018. We focus on cradle-to-career education strategies that provide a firm foundation at an early age and continue to develop our children into successful adults who can contribute to their communities.