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.

In many ways, middle school represents a period of transition and evolution. It can be difficult for students to remain engaged and persist into high school, especially for students who struggled academically in elementary school, who have experienced trauma or have mental health and/or identity issues. To increase the chances of success, students must have safe school and home environments, positive interactions with adults and peers and feel a sense of empowerment as they mature into young adults.

What We Do

At United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, we know that middle school is a complicated period for all students. There’s no silver bullet to strengthen engagement, which is why we work with a variety of programs in the region to tackle the issue from all sides.

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 serves as the backbone for this effort.

RVA Youth Development Network

The RVA Youth Development Network works to bring people together who are working in the out-of-school time, summer camp, youth development and education fields for networking and shared learning.

Youth Program Quality Intervention

The Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) program supports a continuous quality improvement process for out-of-school time programs in Greater Richmond & Petersburg. The YPQI team leads the assessment, improvement planning, coaching and professional development for youth programs in our region.

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 Middle School Engagement.

  • Middle School Engagement: What it is & Why it Matters, Part I & Part II