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. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and non-profit sectors work together.

We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually due to starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families, and implement strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.

How You Can Help

We need your help to reach our goal. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; and business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Click the Black HIlls Read tab for more information and how to get involved. 

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The Effect of High School Graduation Infographic