Education Critical to Individual and Community Success

Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life. It also benefits the whole community: High school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate, and go on to higher education or work.

Education not only affects the quality of a person's life, but also the quantity.  A child born in Shasta County today is expected to live 4.5 years less than a child born in other counties in California (Measure of America, A Portrait of California 2014-2015, California Human Development Report). The greatest indicators of the death rate in Shasta County: Poverty and low educational attainment, even before obesity or tobacco use.

This is why United Way of Northern California has launched the Prosperity Initiative and why we support the education collaboratives in the North State, including Reach Higher Shasta, Expect More Tehama, and others. United Way is about more than short-term charity for a few; we’re about lasting solutions that build opportunity for all. We look at the big picture to assess which resources are lacking or need strengthening, then we address those gaps to keep kids on track to graduation and beyond.

Help make a difference in your community on these issues- whether that's through dollars, your time or your voice. Only by working together can we help all children unlock their full potential.