United Way NCA Receives Grant to Support Middle School Success

United Way of the National Capital Area has been awarded a United Way Worldwide Ready By 21 Middle Grades Success and Transitions Challenge Grant, made possible through the generous support of Altria.

Middle Grades Success and Transitions Challenge Grants are being implemented in collaboration with the Forum for Youth Investment and the American Association of School Administrators as part of United Way’s National Ready by 21 Partnership. The Challenge Grants Initiative are intended to build local United Way capacity to strengthen the middle grades experience. Middle grades success is a critical part of the education and youth development pipeline, and essential to the successful achievement of United Way’s goal to cut the high school dropout rate in half by 2018.

United Way of the National Capital Area will use these funds to supplement the support we are providing through our sponsorship of the City Year team at Kelly Miller Middle School. With this additional funding we will work to provide additional mentoring service for the students at Kelly Miller as well as execute our innovative youth violence prevention program, Way to P.E.A.C.E., at the school. A portion of the award will be used to support awareness and outreach efforts about the importance of middle school achievement and successful transitioning from middle school to high school as a pivotal benchmark towards high school graduation.

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