Goal: Increase students’ early and middle grade success by providing academic and social supports.

A child who is not reading at grade level by the 4th grade will have difficulty catching up to his peers.

A child who falls behind during middle school will have difficulty transitioning to and succeeding in high school.

A child who drops out of high school will face great challenges and reduced opportunities for economic gain as an adult.

Our goal is to reduce the high school dropout rate by placing students on the path to success early. United Way NCA aims to help young people excel by connecting them to caring adults and high quality in-school and after-school programs.

Achieving Middle School Success

We have set a goal of increasing student success at three low-performing middle schools in the region by 2020. By working with teachers, staff and administrators; engaging parents; and funding academic and social supports and interventions we are helping 8th graders transition into high school with grade-level proficiency in reading and math.

We continue to sponsor a City Year corps to provide classroom and after-school support to students at Kelly Miller Middle School (District of Columbia). At the end of the 2012-2013 school year Kelly Miller students achieved a more than 14-point percentage gain on the DC CAS standardized test. This year, corps members successfully reached their target of providing one-on-one tutoring to 100 students throughout the year.

Learn more about our partnership with City Year.

Connecting Children with Caring Adults

Research shows that connecting children to caring adults increases their success both inside and outside of school. Since 2012, United Way NCA has connected more than 2,040 students with mentors.  

United Way NCA, along with Deloitte, leads the regional Mentoring Matters initiative dedicated to reducing the “mentor gap” in the national capital area.

In addition, we are joining with United Ways across the nation to help struggling readers, through the Million Readers, Tutors & Mentors Initiative, which places volunteers with nonprofit organizations that work to increase academic achievement and keep students on track to graduate from high school on time.

To learn how you can volunteer with our education efforts, click here.