Advancing the Common Good: EDUCATION

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health. That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life which are EDUCATION, INCOME and HEALTH. Advancing the common good is about changing systems and community norms to lift up everyone. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.


The United Way Campaign for the Common Good is mobilizing millions of people and organizations across the country to take action and improve the education, income and health of America’s communities.


Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.

Collective Goal

In 2008, United Way launched a 10-year initiative to cut by half the number of young people who drop out of high school by 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, but by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve it.

Collective Strategy

We can’t focus on high school alone. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way’s model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research.

Education is an essential building block for a good life. When children have a positive experience during their early childhood education, community outcomes vastly improve in the areas of educational attainment, employment, and crime reduction.

Colective Focus Areas

Our Community Partners in Education

Of our 24 current partner agencies, we support the following in their efforts around education:

  • Adventure Works of DeKalb County
  • American Red Cross–DeKalb County Chapter
  • Ben Gordon Center
  • CASA
  • Children’s Home + Aid
  • Children’s Learning Center
  • Community Coordinated Child Care
  • KishHospital System Hospice
  • DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau
  • Family Service Agency
  • The Growing Place
  • Hope Haven
  • Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • RAMP Center of Independent Living
  • Safe Passage
  • Sycamore Child Care
  • Youth Outlook

Contact us to learn more about getting involved with our local education initiatives!

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