Graduation Walk


Des Moines Public Schools, United Way of Central Iowa, and corporate sponsor Wells Fargo are holding the seventh annual Graduation Walk.

At Graduation Walk , you'll be part of a community volunteer and school staff team who will visit the homes of students who have dropped out of Des Moines Public Schools or who are at risk of dropping out because of lack of credits. You will connect with the student and family and provide an opportunity to re-enroll.

When a young person does not graduate high school, it impacts us all. Consider

  • Dropouts stand to earn, on average, $707,400 less over their lifetimes compared to their peers who graduate.
  • People who drop out of high school are four times more likely to be unemployed, five times more likely to become incarcerated, and six times more likely to become teen parents.
  • Adding the loss of income and the human service costs, every dropout represents a million dollar issue.


The past six events have had a major influence on the lives of youth, through volunteers offering students the information and opportunity they need to complete high school and build a positive future.

A one-hour training is required of all new volunteers, and a variety of times and dates are available to fit almost any schedule. Returning volunteers are required to view a webinar and will be provided further instructions after registration. Volunteers will need a t-shirt in order to attend the walk which will be handed out at the training.  Additionally, all volunteers must agree to a Sex Offender Registry check as well as provide proof of identity (drivers license) at training and on the day of the walk .

Registration has closed for 2015. Check back June 2016 for next year's sign up.