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STABILIZING THE LIVES OF AT-RISK CHILDREN

Education is the foundation of a successful and self-sufficient life. High school graduates live longer and earn higher wages – and their children do too. Yet too many children fall through the cracks. We’re helping to change that through programs that keep children facing homelessness in their homes and schools, help teen parents graduate, and intervene to stabilize the lives of at-risk students.

  • We’ve helped 729 children who were at risk of becoming homeless avoid a disruptive school transfer since May 2012.
  • The United Way Family Center at Ben Franklin High School provides expecting and teen parents with childcare and other support so they can stay on track to graduate high school. The center opened in October 2014 and has served 13 children and 18 teens to date.

BRIANNA’S STORY: FROM FEAR TO A BRIGHT FUTURE

When Brianna found out she was expecting, she didn’t want to tell her mom or grandmother. As a high school senior, she knew most teen parents drop out of school, and Brianna did not want to become a statistic. She knew she had to finish school, and that to do that, she would need help.

LOOKING AHEAD: ON TRACK 4 SUCCESS

We’re working on an innovative pilot program for elementary and middle school students with a target full-scale launch in early 2017. The program uses data on attendance, behavior and course performance to identify which students are at risk and intervene early to help children stay on track to graduate, college and career ready. Our team examines individual student data for three proven precursors to a child’s dropping out of school: Attendance, Behavior and Course Performance.

Once a student has been identified, a school-based support team, including a United Way social worker and site manager, works with school staff and counselors to:

  • Analyse data
  • Build and implement tailored intervention strategies for students and families
  • Track and measure success
  • Modify strategies and support as necessary

Our goal is to build scaleable, flexible and measurable pilot programs that result in more students staying in school, on track for graduation and prepared to attend college or pursuit a career. The program will then expand to more schools and help even more students succeed.

For more more information about the On Track 4 Success Program, please contact Natalie Dixon at natalie.dixon@uwcm.org or 410-895-1540.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Make a gift to help stabilize children in our community so they can succeed in school and prepare for a bright future.