Goal Two


More than ever before, a solid education is a prerequisite for professional success. The likelihood of a stable future is much higher for high school graduates and those with a college degree or career credentials.

2015-2016 baseline: 75% of APS high-schoolers graduated in four years, and 21% were college or career ready.

2017-2018: 80% of APS high-schoolers graduated in four years, and 21% were college or career ready.

These numbers matter because they represent the future of our community. When students graduate with the skills they need to pursue a successful career, they can better support families and their communities. Local businesses have a more talented workforce to draw from. And Summit County can count on a new generation of citizens who are equipped to face the challenges of tomorrow.

Strategies to Achieve Our Bold Goals

How can YOU support Bold Goal 2?

Your company can partner with the College & Career Academies of Akron through United Way.

A competitive business like yours needs talented employees. The College & Career Academies of Akron offer students learning pathways tailored to meet the needs of the local business community.

You can volunteer as an iC.A.R.E Mentor.

Because research shows that kids who have a caring mentor do better in school and have better learning outcomes.

You – along with your company – can participate in one of the many volunteer events provided through United Way’s year-long Engagement Calendar.

Our volunteer engagement events provide hands-on experiences through meaningful projects that support United Way’s Bold Goals.

You can engage in public policy advocacy as a powerful way to make a difference.

Learn more about and take action on community issues that are essential to the success of the Bold Goals.

You can donate to specifically support Bold Goal 2 or all of United Way’s Bold Goals.