Million Readers, Tutors and Mentors Challenge
United Way has set out a challenge to help cut the high school dropout number in half by 2018.
Reading is linked to high school success. That's because children are learning to read for the first few years of school, but after fourth grade they're reading to learn. Without strong reading skills, they fall behind, disengage and often drop out.
Today, two-thirds of American fourth graders cannot read at grade level. The shortfall in reading proficiency is especially pronounced among low-income, African-American and Latino children. Disadvantaged children come to school at least two years behind their peers in pre-reading skills. It is hard to catch up; especially after second or third grade.
Together, we can do something about it. United Ways all over the country are recruiting people with passion, expertise and resources to make a difference in this area. They are galvanizing people to read to preschoolers, tutor third graders and mentor kids who need a caring adult in their lives.
United Way NCA already offers opportunities to volunteer in all of our impact areas, Health, Financial Stability and Education. We are stepping up our efforts around literacy and we are coordinating with our member nonprofits to support this important initiative.
|Sign up to Read, Tutor or Mentor today!|
United Way Works to connect caring and committed volunteers with opportunities to help area children and youth achieve success in education. In addition to ongoing volunteer opportunities available through our network of member nonprofits, we also partner with national and community organizations to create or support initiatives that help area students get the help and role models to help them on the road to a brighter future. Sign up today to read, tutor or mentor and help put a child in our community on the path to success.
For questions about volunteering contact Waleed Hypolite by firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 488-2039.