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

JOIN THE FIGHT

Designate your United Way donation to Education

GIVE NOW

Join Education Leadership Initiative in funding strategies that support youth

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

GRADUATION WALK

Join a group addressing a lack of programs that foster career readiness with youth

OPPORTUNITY

Organize a book drive at your organization to help children in need

STUFF THE BUS

 

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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.


GIVING 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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An initiative to provide opportunities to explore careers during the summer.

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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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