Education

United Way fights for the education, financial stability and health of every person in every neighborhood.

1 out of 5 third graders in Utah County doesn’t read at grade level.

The ability to read at grade level makes a huge difference for later success. For example, research shows that if a child does not read at grade level in third grade, they are 3-5 times more likely to drop out of high school.

Third grade reading scores are a crucial barometer for children’s educational success, and if we want a strong community later, we need to act now.

What has United Way done about it?

Volunteers

Volunteers

In 2016, we brought more than 2,400 volunteer tutors, mentors and readers to dozens of schools in Utah County.
Prevention

Prevention

Prevention gets more bang for the donated buck, and is often more effective. This includes preschools, increased parent engagement, home visits to new mothers, parenting classes and more.
Books

Books

Children from low-income families who are not reading at grade level are 4-6 times more likely to drop out. Just having access to books can make a huge difference.

The good news is that these things are working. In 2012, 3 out of 10 third graders weren’t on track, and thanks to interventions like these, we’re down to 2 out of 10 (or 1/5).

Help us keep the momentum going

Start with your family

Start with your family

Read with your kids every day and take the time to talk about what you read together.
Reach out to your neighborhood

Reach out to your neighborhood

Include neighbor kids in trips to the library, book clubs, and reading activities.
Bring it to your workplace

Bring it to your workplace

Take time on your lunch break with your coworkers to volunteer in local schools.


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Programs & Partners

United Way isn’t about just one thing or one way to solve problems; complex social issues require complex solutions and they require all of us working together.

Sometimes we start programs in a neighborhood that doesn’t have any. Sometimes we think it’s important to not reinvent the wheel, so we put our efforts toward supporting what already exists.

Here’s who works with us to help all kids succeed in school: