United Way of Lake County supports educational programs throughout our communities.
Dollars raised in Lake County stay in Lake County to keep our children and schools strong. The following programs were deemed effective and efficient by a panel of volunteers.
|BB-BS Prog.||Big Brothers/Big Sisters||51,000|
|Sidekick Prog.||Big Brothers/Big Sisters||39,000|
|Boy Scouts||Boy Scouts||15,647|
|Cub Scouts||Boy Scouts||50,591|
|Volunteer Development||Boy Scouts||5,476|
|Child Care||Child Care on Sq.||64,080|
|Scholarships||Fine Arts Assoc.||32,000|
|Youth Enrichment||Girl Scouts||10,431|
|Reading Program||Lake County Captains||8,000|
|Youth Development||Sal. Army Citadel||50,000|
|Child Care||Starting Point||9,000|
|Deveruex Program||Starting Point||10,000|
|You Go Girl/ Grocery||YMCA||5,150|
United Way Works to end America’s education crisis
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes.1 These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.
In 2008, United Way Worldwide launched a 10-year initiative to cut the number of high school dropouts in half by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it.
We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.
How You Can Help
To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.
1Figure according to Communities in Schools, one of America’s leading drop-out prevention partnerships.