Spotlight: Middle School Engagement
Attendance and success in middle school are critical in keeping students on track for on-time graduation and preparing them to continue their education after high school or secure a self-sustaining job.
March 2018 – United Way’s Steps to Success framework focuses on nine critical milestones on the path to prosperity. This month, we’re focusing on the Middle School Engagement Step. We invite you to learn more about this important issue.
United Way’s Rebekah Holbrook has a two-part article with everything you need to know about middle school engagement:
- Part I provides an overview of the issue and explains the role of positive youth development in keeping students engaged. Read more.
- Part II dives deep into the data on how middle schoolers in our region are doing. Read more.
Together with VCU’s Mary and Frances Youth Center, we run the Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), which ensures out-of-school time programs make elementary and middle school-age students feel safe, engaged and empowered.
Hear from leaders at two of our funded partners that support the Middle School Engagement Step.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. (Ann Rohde Payes, Executive Director)
- Communities in Schools of Chesterfield (Jay Swedenborg, CIS Administrator)
Middle School Engagement: By the Numbers
Dive deep into the data about this critical issue by reading the Middle School Engagement 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 keep students engaged in middle school? Make a donation today! Use the “Investment Options” tool to direct your donation to support the Middle School Engagement Step to Success.