UNITED WAY FIGHTS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
Two out of 25 students won’t graduate in central Maryland. In our most challenged communities, that number rises to as many as 10 in 25.
Without a high school diploma, life can be an uphill battle. Ineligible for 90% of the jobs in this country, high school dropouts are more likely to:
- Earn significantly less over the course of their working life
- Have health issues and die younger
- Become incarcerated
- Establish a cycle of poverty for themselves and their families
Together with the support of its partners, local schools and businesses in the community, United Way is fighting for a better education and future for students in struggling neighborhoods with On Track 4 Success: An early-warning education program to help young students stay and succeed in school with the goal of graduating high school.
Piloted in 2017, United Way’s goal is to expand On Track 4 Success in schools across central Maryland and help more at-risk students stay in school, on track for graduation and prepared to pursue a career or attend college.
“Pick your issues: Is it solving inequality? Alleviating poverty? Workforce development? Crime reduction, reducing social tensions or building a better, more vibrant city? None of these will happen if our kids aren’t graduating high school.”
–Dr. Robert Balfanz, Research Professor and Director of the Everyone Graduates Center, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Education
On Track 4 Success is based on groundbreaking research conducted by Dr. Balfanz
Join United Way and area schools in the fight to put more central Maryland children back on track for a positive future. Please support the ongoing work and expansion of On Track 4 Success with a donation today.
Check out this infographic to learn more about the need and the impact and the answer to student success this program provides.
Current On Track 4 Success Schools:
- Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School, South Baltimore
- Benjamin Franklin High School, South Baltimore
- Meade Middle School, Anne Arundel County