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Education is the first step across the opportunity divide.
Ready, set, learn!

College and career readiness should never be dictated by zip code. All kids deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential and become the next leaders in our community.

Giving kids the skills to succeed in school sets them up for lifelong success and lays a foundation that will span generations to come. Education is change that lasts!


Trinity river mission students receive stuffed backpacks for back-to-school thanks to TI and atmos

The Challenge

When kids fall behind in school, they become frustrated and check out before they drop out. We intend to change that. Our community goal is to prepare at least 60% of all students to graduate and succeed by giving them access to the best educational programs North Texas has to offer.

Right now in North Texas

Over 24,000 Dallas County 3rd graders do not read at grade level.

60% of children don’t attend preschool.

Over 10,000 area high school students fail the state math assessments.

Only 14% of Dallas County high school graduates are college ready.

Only 33% of high school students who took the ACT or SAT scored at a college-ready level.

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To boost student achievement, we currently fund 56 educational programs focused on the strategies that local education experts say are the keys to long-term student success (in which we wholeheartedly agree).



Preparing kids for kindergarten by advocating for policies that strengthen early childhood education across the state.


Providing out-of-school support from mentors in afterschool and summer programs, as well as recruiting hundreds of volunteers to read to, tutor, and mentor North Texas students.


Enhancing academic achievement through English language learning, STEM initiatives, and college and career preparation.

Since 2011, we have invested over $36 million in educational programs that lay the groundwork for the students of North Texas to excel.

90% of brain development happens before students are six years old. Barriers to kids attending early childhood education centers or preschools are affordability, availability, transportation, and access.

55,800 kids in United Way-funded programs were provided access to quality early childhood education.

195,180 students were put on the path to being successful in math and science.

Successfully matched over 44,590 students with a mentor or parent engagement program.

Without a graphing calculator, Cynthia’s high-level math courses were made much harder. Good thing United Way has a few friends who could help.

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Through the United Way funded Destination: Graduation program, Eduardo was able to access college preparation courses that raised his SAT scores and helped him achieve his dream of pursuing a college education.

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Vicente, who will graduate at 17 with his high school diploma and Associate’s Degree, thinks that United Way service provider Trinity River Mission helped develop his skills and abilities so that he could succeed.

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