Students at risk of dropping out can be identified as early as sixth grade.

 

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Sixth-graders who do not attend school regularly, receive poor behavior marks, or fail math or English have no more than a 10% chance of graduating on time.

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Peak time for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex is 3:00-6:00 p.m. when many middle school students are unsupervised.

LOCKING ARMS AROUND OUR YOUTH

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WHAT IF...

every middle school student had a chance to graduate?

 

We fight for youth to have support and hope for the future by...

  • Supporting quality and engaging out-of-school activities
  • Expanding programs that reduce summer learning loss
  • Providing supportive services for at-risk students and families

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youth participated in United Way-funded school and/or community based out-of-school time programs and/or received personalized support. 93.2% had good attendance.  90.4% passed all classes.

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students have participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program to gain career skills since 2010.


JOIN THE FIGHT

Designate your United Way donation to Education


GIVE NOW

Join Education Leadership Initiative (ELI) in funding strategies that support our youth

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Reach out to a student at risk of dropping out through Graduation Walk

GRADUATION WALK

Join a group that's addressing a lack of programs that foster career readiness with middle schoolers
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Organize a book drive at your organization to give students access to new books
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How We Give Youth a Chance

United Way of Central Iowa invests in programs and initiatives that support youth to graduation.

Learn more about our strategies in EDUCATION.

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An initiative to fight poverty in central Iowa, with a work group focused on supporting youth.

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A program that provides low-income high school students with opportunities to get workplace training.

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A one-day volunteer opportunity to support Des Moines Public Schools' students at risk of dropping out.

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A community-wide book drive to gather new books for kids in low-income neighborhoods.


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