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United Way Young Leaders Helping to Increase On-Time Graduation

United Way and our community partners congratulate the 89% of students in our region graduating high school on-time. We are working to increase the on-time graduation rate to 92.5% by preparing children for school, encouraging their social and emotional development, and helping them achieve academically.

United Way Young Leaders are a critical part of this work. Each of us contributes to the United Way Community Impact Fund, which funds over $2,226,000 a year in 32 programs, which provide services to children, youth, and families. With United Way Young Leaders Society, we can see the impact of that gift and reinforce it by volunteering.

On Read Across America Day, we volunteered with kindergartners at Chimborazo Elementary School. We partnered with Communities in Schools of Richmond, which received $100,000 from United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg this past year to enhance performance learning centers and in-school support. We read Dr. Seuss stories and made playful Lorax puppets together. One United Way Young Leader even dressed the part of Cat in a Hat! Most importantly, we modeled to our kindergarten friends that we think reading is important and fun. Each friendly person reading in a LIVE UNITED T-shirt lets kids know their community values them and their educational success. By giving, advocating and volunteering with United Way Young Leaders Society, you too can LIVE UNITED and help increase on-time high school graduation rates.

Want to be a part of it? Learn more about our strategies for increasing on-time graduation and join us at Chimborazo Elementary School on June 17th, 2016 for the United Way Young Leaders Day of Action.

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