At United Way, we believe there is no better investment than education. We see education as a community responsibility. It takes all of us – parents, teachers and caring adults – to help a child succeed in school and in life. And we know it’s worth it. In fact, the returns on investing in our children are phenomenal.
Graduating from high school will determine how well you live for the next 50 years of your life. Statistics show that high school dropouts comprise a disproportionate percentage of the nation’s prison and death row inmates with 69% of local jail inmates being non high school graduates. It has also been shown that high school graduates earn $143 more per week than high school dropouts.
Currently Marshall County has a dropout rate of 16% with the Indiana state average dropout rate of 12%. We know that kids who have access to quality education from cradle to career will give back to their community ten-fold. By 2020 our goal is to reduce our dropout rate and exceed the state average. United Way of Marshall County, working with its partner agencies and our community, believes TOGETHER WE CAN.
Our partner agencies supporting education include: