Education Goal by 2022

Third grade reading is directly linked to high school graduation rates

Why Our Mission Matters

  • Children who start behind stay behind.
  • Seven out of 10 children in the Lehigh Valley are not ready for kindergarten.

How Education Investments Make an Impact

We provide educational programming and support for children beginning early in life to prepare them for high school graduation and beyond. 

Kids who are ready for kindergarten are more likely to stay on track and in school. Third grade is the critical year when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. That’s why third grade reading scores are so important. And teens who finish high school are more likely to stay out of trouble, add to our local economy, and pursue higher education, laying the foundation for a stronger, healthier Lehigh Valley. Bottom line: Kids are our best investment for our future, creating long-lasting change for generations to come.

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United Way Community Schools

Supporting kids along their path from birth to highschool graduation.
I have personally witnessed the change in the attitudes of our littles "I have personally witnessed the change in the attitudes of our Littles throughout the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Many come in with negative attitudes about the program but grow to love the time they spend with their Bigs. They smile and laugh during visits and are excited to see their Bigs when they arrive." – Michelle Renner, School-based Match Support Specialist
Bethlehem, PA
Agency: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley
United Way Funded Program: Bethlehem Area School District After School Mentoring Program

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