In one Saturday morning, you can help a young person make the most important decision of his or her life:
to graduate from high school.
One in six students drop out of high school.
That one decision can have compounding effects, including fewer opportunities for employment and higher rates of incarceration.
At United Way of Central Iowa, our annual Graduation Walk encourages students teetering on the edge to recommit to school. And we need your help again this year.
This year, Graduation Walk will be held in October, allowing us to use real-time data to visit middle and high school students who have missed at least five days in the first month of school.
Research shows that poor attendance in the first month can predict chronic absence for the entire year. This early intervention will help United Way and Des Moines Public Schools support students toward improved attendance, so they can thrive academically.
As a Graduation Walk volunteer, you'll be paired with a Des Moines Public Schools staff member and other volunteers to visit the homes of middle and high school students at risk of dropping out. You’ll connect personally with the student and their family, share powerful information about the importance of a diploma, and help them return to the path that leads to graduation.
When students attend today, they achieve tomorrow. We hope you'll share your wisdom and life experience with a young person who could benefit from a caring adult reaching out.