United Way: Helping children and youth achieve their potential
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. A high school diploma is essential for young people seeking employment, further education and training, or career opportunities. Students who drop out are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed and to end up on public assistance or worse - in the prison system.
Ross County children and youth will have the knowledge and skills they need to reach their full potential. Ross County will thrive as a community with educated and skilled employees for all segments of our job market and economy.
An increase in countywide high school graduation rates is our goal. We will accomplish this by supporting education at all grade levels through programs and partnerships with families, teachers, schools, and the community.
High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. Our work begins with promoting early childhood literacy to ensure kindergarten readiness and early grade reading proficiency. We continue to support at-risk students in their transitions to high school and beyond.