The Green Mountain United Way Report to our Community 2014 determined that education is the key to building a better life not only for this generation but for the next generation. Education leads to higher wages and is critical for financial stability and independence. Higher levels of educational attainment are also linked to higher incomes, less unemployment, less poverty and less reliance on public assistance. More education is also linked to better physical and mental health, longer lives, less crime, less incarceration, more voting and greater tolerance. Education is not only good for individuals who stay in school to earn their high school degree or who enter and graduate college, but it is also good for society, paying big dividends in the form of increased civic engagement, greater neighborhood safety and a healthy, vibrant democracy.
Intended Results for Education:
- Children enter school developmentally on track
- Elementary students are prepared to succeed in later grades
- Young people graduate from high school
- Young adults make a successful transition from high school to work life