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 investing in and supporting programs that:
Help students make up course credits and explore opportunities to move on to higher education and employment
Provide grade-specific trainings focused on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship
Help students access tutoring, homework assistance, credit retrieval, and assistance with college testing, applications and financial aid
With your support, we will:
Help 105 students make up course credits
Educate 1,825 students on the importance of education and encourage them to commit to graduating
Get 113 students on track to graduate high school
Help 135 students explore college, vocational school, or apprenticeships