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United Way of Lake County Work Recognized in National Report

UWLC Stay in School

UWLC Stay in School

United Way Worldwide and the Harvard Graduate School of Education recently released the final report for the Family Engagement for High School Success grant process. United Way of Lake County (UWLC) participated in this planning process/study, which helped kicked off their Stay in School Program managed by Alicia Garcia, which is making a tremendous impact in Lake County.

The Family Engagement for High School Success report is in the form of a toolkit – intended to teach other organizations how to go through a similar process. United Way of Lake County was used to illustrate best practices several times throughout the report. An upcoming national webinar will also feature Michelle Crombie, UWLC’s VP of Community Impact, who will discuss implementation of programming with an emphasis on reaching hard-to-engage families.

The goal of United Way of Lake County’s Stay in School Program is to keep students engaged in school to reduce truancy and improve graduation success. In Lake County, 1000 Lake County high school students drop out of school each year and 41% of Latino, African American and low income Waukegan high school students miss more than 10% of the school days during a semester. To address these issues, UWLC, along with community partners and volunteers, created several initiatives:

• Computer Learn & Earn: Computer training for parents, including how to navigate the school’s online student attendance & academic tracking system. Parents who participate in the entire training series will earn a computer for their home.
• Family-Focused High School Orientation: Prepare at-risk families for high school by educating families about the value of attendance and graduation requirements and by guiding parents on how to support teens in high school.
• Waukegan High School Career Expo: Provides students with over 100 guest speakers in a wide variety of careers/occupations. United Way helps to establish this expo and recruits volunteers to speak.
• Science Speakers: Provides students with unique interactive learning opportunities designed to spark their interests, reveal the real-world relevance of their schoolwork and engage them in learning by bringing science to life.

To view the announcement and download the toolkit: http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement/publications-resources/the-family-engagement-for-high-school-success-toolkit-planning-and-implementing-an-initiative-to-support-the-pathway-to-graduation-for-at-risk-students

For more information about UWLC’s Stay in School Program: www.LIVEUNITEDlakecounty.org/stayinschool.

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