Where does a UNITED community begin? Education is a great equalizer. And graduating from high school is a powerful predictor of the future health and economic stability of an individual, and their community. However, academic success is often derailed by issues such as hunger, homelessness, violence, inequity, and other social problems.
This means that the “opportunity gap”— the gap that exists between white students and students of color and between students who are not economically disadvantaged and those who are — isn't just a school-based problem, it is a community responsibility.
No single person or organization can solve an issue this big alone, it will take all of us working together in new ways to effect change that matters to our children and our community.
This is where United Way, along with our partners and supporters like you, comes in.
Together, we are issuing a challenge to achieve a bold goal of ALL Asheville City and Buncombe County students graduating from high school ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams by 2035.