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.

Expert Insights

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.

Program Spotlight

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.

We talked to NextUp’s Barbara Couto Sipe about the importance of after-school programs and how schools and parents can take advantage of these programs to help keep kids engaged. Read the interview.

Supported Agencies

Hear from leaders at two of our funded partners that support the Middle School Engagement Step.

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.