Spotlight: High School Graduation

A high school diploma is a critical milestone on the path to a post-secondary degree and/or a self-sustaining career. 

May 2018 – United Way’s Steps to Success framework focuses on nine critical milestones on the path to prosperity. This month, as high schools across the region host graduation ceremonies, we invite you to learn more about the High School Graduation Step.

Whether you are headed to college, pursuing a credential or beginning your career, a high school diploma is essential. High school graduates have a higher earning potential, contribute more to our local economy and are more engaged in the community.

Supported Agencies

Hear from leaders at our funded agencies that support the High School Graduation Step.

Local Spotlight

We talked to Tye’aja Friend, a recent high school graduate and former United Way intern, about her experience and the challenges she faced on the path to graduation. Read more.

Program Spotlight

Learn about our Petersburg Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which has contributed to a significant decline in teen pregnancies since 2009.

Understanding Chronic Absenteeism

Too many high school students miss a significant amount of school days during the school year, which negatively impacts their chances of graduating. This is known as chronic absenteeism. Learn more about this important issue and what you can do to help.

High School Graduation: By the Numbers

Dive deep into the data about this issue by reading the High School Graduation section of our 2017-18 Indicators of Community Strength report (and click here to view the full report with data about all nine Steps to Success).

Support Our Work

Want to support United Way and help students graduate high school on time? Make a donation today! Use the “Investment Options” tool to direct your donation to support the High School Graduation Step to Success.