|PRIORITY FOCUS: Improve youth academic performance and personal and social development
WHY IT MATTERS
Development during the adolescent years is directly linked to educational and professional success, self-confidence, and connections to family and the community. Focus groups held in 2011 revealed that youth in our community are still challenged with unmet basic needs, a lack of positive role models, and issues related to mental health and alcohol and drug use.
- In 2010, 18.7% of children under 18 years of age lived at or below the poverty level
- In 2010-2011, one in seven Marathon County students scored below a proficient level in reading
- Convene a coalition to develop a common agenda to help at risk youth achieve their long-term goals
- Fund access to youth enrichment programs, mentoring programs, and parent education and academic support
- Youth participating in after school programs reduced their encounters with law enforcement by 75%
- 100% of high school drop-outs enrolled in a training program are achieving academic goals and increasing job skills
For more information on United Way's efforts to support youth in Marathon County, please contact Deanna Schuette at 715-848-2927 or email@example.com.