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.

Become a Mentor

We’re looking for a few good mentors to join us in changing children’s lives. Youth of all backgrounds need mentoring. Fortunately, adults of all types make great mentors!

Learn more about why mentoring matters and sign up today.