ASPIRE p r e p a r g t o r r o w ’ s l e a d e r s , t o d a y M o r e t h a n o n e m i l l i o n U . S . h i g h s c h o o l s t u d e n t s , o r 1 o u t o f 4 , f a i l t o g r a d u a t e with their classes each year. An educated workforce for the future is not only critical to our company, but to the success of our nation as well. We need these students to power the possibility economy of today and—more importantly—of tomorrow.
That’s why, in 2008, AT&T announced its Aspire program to address the high school dropout crisis. The program made strong progress in 2010.
Family Engagement for High School Success Program
AT&T and the United Way Worldwide launched the Family Engagement for High School Success Program in 2009 and continued to roll out the program in 2010. The Family Engagement program is designed to help parents and other adult caregivers get more involved in their children’s education. Fifteen local United Way chapters were awarded funds to identify best practices for family engagement to boost high school graduation.
United Way of Southern Cameron County – Family Engagement for High School Success Project
It takes a village to raise a child. This is true. However, the foundation of the village is the family. The Family Engagement for High School Success project of the United Way of Southern Cameron County, located in Brownsville, Texas, works with students, families and their communities to give struggling students a chance. “Here on the U.S./Mexico border our culture places the family first,” explains Traci Wickett, President and CEO of United Way of Southern Cameron County. “Any attempt to improve student performance must be family-based to be successful. Families, however, feel disengaged from the school system, particularly at the secondary level. Many parents did not attend high school themselves, so they lack the academic socialization