Building an Educational Foundation
Breaking the cycle of poverty starts in the classroom. When students receive support through middle school and high school, they can finish high school ready to succeed in college or career.
Students that graduate from high school are already more prepared for future success than those that don’t. A high school graduate has better employment opportunities and higher earning potential, earning over $300,000 more than non-graduates. Increasing the graduation rate changes communities for the better, with healthier residents, lower crime rates and less public money spent on supportive social services. Children are also more likely to graduate if their parents did, creating a lasting cycle of positive change.
Our high school graduation rates are improving, but there’s still work to be done. In 2016, the Clark County graduation rate was 74%, an improvement from years before but still behind the national graduation rate of 82%. Nevada had the lowest graduation rate in the country for Black students and the second lowest for English Language Learners in the 2014-15 school year.
Our goal is to improve graduation rates across Clark County, particularly in our most disadvantaged schools.
During middle school, we help students gain academic skills and increase school participation. In high school, we provide students with resources to stay on track to graduate and explore college. Through these efforts, we can create a positive cycle of education in our community.
We’re helping students graduate by supporting programs that:
Improve school participation through access to needed supports for school-aged children and youth
Build academic skills in school-aged children and youth
Increase life, career, and college skills for school-aged children through out-of-school time and/or enrichment opportunities
Create environments that promote and support college and career pathways