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.

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.

Unfortunately, too many of our residents – particularly those in low-income areas – are not graduating high school on time – if at all. One out of every 10 high school students in the Richmond and Petersburg region did not graduate on time. We can do better. We must do better.

News & Updates

What We Do

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg funds programs that provide critical support to students as they approach graduation. We also work with school districts and community organizations to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep students in school and on track to graduate.

Petersburg City and Schools Partnership

The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership works to create the climate and conditions for every child to succeed by providing a sustainable, coordinated system of supports and access. United Way previously served as the backbone organization for this effort.

School-based health centers enable students to receive health care while at school. Petersburg City and Schools Partnership worked with local partners to establish one of the first school-based health centers in Virginia.

Insights & Spotlights

United Way staff members are available to provide valuable insight and knowledge on each of our Steps to Success. We invite you to hear from these experts within our organization and learn more about High School Graduation.