Education

United Way sponsored the first SSEP NASA competition in Region 5

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.

OUR GOAL

United Way of Southwest Louisiana's goal is a 92% graduation rate.

EARLY CHILDHOOD SUCCESS

OUR FOCUS

Children enter school ready and are successful in primary school.

OUR PRIORITY AREAS

  • Early Childhood
  • School Readiness
  • Early Grade Reading Proficiency

YOUTH SUCCESS

OUR FOCUS

Youth graduate secondary school and have the knowledge, skills and credentials to obtain family sustaining employment.

OUR PRIORITY AREAS

  • Middle School Transition
  • High School Success
UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA HAS ALIGNED OUR EFFORTS TO HELP PREPARE CHILDREN, YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND LIFE. WE HAVE NOT AND WILL NOT TAKE A POSITION ON STANDARDS OR CURRICULUM AS IT IS NOT IN OUR FIELD OF EXPERTISE. THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE WITH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS INVALUABLE. WE RELY ON THOSE WITHIN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM TO HELP DIRECT OUR EFFORTS. THEIR EXPERTISE ALLOWS US TO PROVIDE THE BEST SUPPORT TO THEM AND THE CHILDREN THEY SERVE.
– Denise Durel President and CEO, United Way Southwest Louisiana

OUR INITIATIVES

United Way of Southwest Louisiana has the ability to initiate projects independently in each of our four focus areas. These Initiatives address important community needs not already being met that we have identified as critical needs. They can be used to address emergency needs during times of natural disasters or critical community needs not being met by our partner agencies.