Education

UNITED WAY MAKES SURE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CAN START SCHOOL READY TO SUCCEED, BECOME PROFICIENT READERS AT A YOUNG AGE, STAY ON TRACK IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, EARN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND PURSUE ADDITIONAL SCHOOL  OR TRAINING THAT LEADS TO A LASTING CAREER.

OUR VISION

Youth achieve educational goals necessary to become positive, contributing members of the community.

OUR TARGET ISSUES

  • Focuse on early literacy so children can succeed in the classroom.
  • Support youth by reducing barriers that limit their success.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

You are needed to help implement the strategies proven to connect communities to their schools: encouraging parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy.

INTERNAL INITIATIVES

Children have to learn to read before they can read to learn.

Nearly 50% of Marion County's third graders attending public school are reading below grade level. These children are four times more likely to drop out of high school if they continue on this path.

ReadingPals connects passionate volunteers with students who need extra help developing essential literacy skills.

 

OUR FUNDED EDUCATION PARTNERS

Arnette House:  Non-Residential Family Counseling

Provides counseling to students experiencing behavioral problems in school, which interferes with their academic success.

Boys & Girls Club of Marion County:  Project Learn

Reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school through "high-yield" learning activities at the Club and home.

Early Learning Coalition of Marion County:  VPK Expansion

Initiative to increase the number of VPK students in Marion County.

Episcopal Children's Services:  Early Education

Provides a better start for children and ensures that they are eager to learn and ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten.

Florida Center for the Blind:  Vision Buddies Screening Program

Provides students with functional vision assessments, including central, peripheral, static movement, binocular function, and colorblindness.