When youth graduate from high school they are better positioned to go on to post-secondary education or enter the workforce.
By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require post-secondary education or training beyond high school.1 Just having a high school diploma can lead to better health outcomes, increased life expectancy, and increased lifetime earnings. 2
For the 2016-2017 school year, 79 percent of Colorado students graduated on time.1
Only 22 out of every 100 students who graduate high school in Colorado go on to attain a post-secondary education.2
Median annual earnings for a high school graduate, compared to $25,649 for those without a high school diploma.3
The graduation rate for Hispanic/Latino students is 71% and 72% for Black/African American vs. 84% for White students.4
1. Colorado Department of Education, 2016-2017 school year
2. Freudenberg, N. & Ruglis J. and the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates
3. Freudenberg, N. & Ruglis J. and the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates
4. Colorado Department of Education, 2016-2017 school year
Mile High United Way invests in programs and supports to ensure youth graduate from high school ready for post-secondary education or entry into the workforce. This may include providing tutoring, mentoring, social-emotional learning or other educational assistance.
A free service connecting people to critical resources such as food, shelter, rental assistance, utility assistance, child care, and more.
Connecting young adults leaving the child welfare system with personalized supportive services that guide them as they transition to adulthood.
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Mile High United Way's Bridging the Gap Program helped GeQwan make a better life for himself.Read More
“I could not be more proud of my son,” Canaan’s father said. “The day he graduated, it felt like I was graduating.”Read More
By giving to the Developing Tomorrow's Talent Fund today, you can help youth get through high school prepared for a lifetime of success.
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