Education is a great equalizer. And graduating from high school is a powerful predictor of the future health and economic stability of an individual, and their community. However, academic success is often derailed by issues such as hunger, homelessness, inequity, and other issues.
This means that the “opportunity gap”— the gap that exists between white students and students of color and between students who are not economically disadvantaged and those who are — isn't just a school-based problem, it is a community responsibility.
No single person or organization can solve an issue this big alone, it will take all of us working together in new ways to effect change that matters to our children and our community.
This is where United Way, along with our partners and supporters like you, comes in.
We are rallying the people and the resources needed to support seven Community Schools so that students and families have things like homework help, leadership opportunities, and eventually, even onsite health care. And by using the skills and strategies we've assembled over the past 100 years, and serving as a backbone of support for the United for Youth Network, we are building and supporting a network of partners who each bring a unique contribution to achieving a bold community goal:
By 2035, ALL Asheville City and Buncombe County students graduate from high school ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams.
Help us ACCELERATE our impact on youth and families, CO-CREATE solutions with those most impacted by poverty and injustice, and SUSTAIN our efforts for future generations. Every gift matters. Thank you!