Education is the key to unlocking our county’s potential for growth. Local businesses are competing with the best from around the world, making our students’ ability to succeed academically more critical than ever. But raising student achievement requires work, and we are ready to take on the task. Through localized programs, we help inspire excellence by rewarding talent, passion, time and effort. Together, we can lift up our youth. United, we can make a difference.
Here at United Way, we are setting high expectations for our students, providing a logical, coherent pathway for every student—not just a fortunate few—to graduate from high school, ready for college and career. Together, we are working to mobilize our Education partner agencies through Orange County United Way’s Community Impact Fund to support the following strategic approaches:
- Improve early childhood education programs that directly enhance the cognitive and social development of at-risk children and ensure their successful transition into kindergarten.
- Advance K-12 education programs that directly improve the academic success of at-risk students by improving grade-appropriate reading and/or mathematics and/or science skills; work in coordination with local schools; and/or increase parent engagement in the child’s academic success.
- Support Orange County United Way’s Education initiatives: Destination Graduation and OC Reads
To help us rewrite our future, we’re asking the community to:
Fund programs, initiatives and unique collaborations with educational institutions that create real-world, relevant learning environments, which stimulates living wage jobs and our local economy
dvocate for the adoption of progressive education programs to ensure the successful implementation of Common Core Standards
to create college and career ready graduates
Collaborate with OCUW to cut the drop-out rate in half by 2024
Educate residents on local needs as part of our Education Coalition
We all have a vested interest in contributing to educational excellence. Please consider donating to United Way’s Community Impact Fund
today for the betterment of our children, our economy, our community and ourselves.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED