United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley considers the journey to improve educational outcomes a cradle-to-career undertaking. While we know the early years are the building blocks of a successful school career, we also understand children and families need support throughout the school years in order to graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary success.
In our three-county region, 38% of third-graders are not proficient in English/Language Arts/Reading. Only 54% of eigth-graders met the English/Language Arts proficiency requirements. 23% of our students did not graduate on time. Youth who do not graduate from high school experience higher unemployment rates, less pay when they are employed, have a greater need for public assistance, have a greater chance of incarceration, and represent an economic loss for the community as a whole.
Source: 2016 Status of Oregon's Children & Families
Working on your behalf, we invest in partnerships, projects and programs that focus on improving lives through education, financial stability, health and basic needs. With your support, we are helping our youngest community members so they are prepared for school, and successful once they get there: