United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council Partners with Clark County School District to Open High School Resource Centers and Increase Graduation Rates

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LAS VEGASUnited Way of Southern Nevada and its Women’s Leadership Council are partnering with the Clark County School District (CCSD) to increase southern Nevada’s high school graduation rate by opening five Family Engagement Resource Centers. United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council has contributed $219,880 in funding in 2010 and anticipates providing an additional $400,000 over the next five years to support the development of these centers

Aligned with United Way’s mission to advance the common good and focus on education, the Family Engagement Resource Centers are designed to encourage on-time graduation by providing necessary resources and tools to families in need. The centers will focus on fostering consistent, meaningful communication with parents about graduation requirements, create a positive home-school connection for families through activities as well as offer career guidance and support to ensure students maintain a 90 percent (minimum) attendance rate and a 2.0 (or higher) GPA.

Serving more than 46,000 students and families across southern Nevada, the five centers are located at Sunrise Mountain, Clark, Eldorado, Silverado and Western High Schools. The Sunrise Mountain center was the first to open its doors in October, followed by Eldorado in November, Clark and Western in December and then Silverado in January.

“Clark County’s low graduation rate is unquestionably a serious problem affecting our community,” said Gina Polovina, United Way of Southern Nevada Volunteer Board Member, Commitment to Education Council volunteer co-chair, and vice president of government affairs at Boyd Gaming Corporation. “It is imperative that families are engaged in their student’s education, as parental involvement is key to ensuring on-time graduation. Every one of our young people must earn their diploma, be equipped to find a stable job, or continue their education to ensure economic growth for southern Nevada.”

Providing a fun and helpful atmosphere for learning, families and students can utilize the centers’ resource materials, computer labs and seek assistance from an onsite AmeriCorps volunteer. In addition, parents can access support services including childcare, translation services as well as the ‘Parent Link’ tool, which allows parents to check the progress of their child ‘s academic records and proactively track their attendance.

For more information on United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council Family Engagement Resource Centers, call (702) 734-2273.

About United Way of Southern Nevada

United Way collaborates with volunteers, stakeholders and community leaders to uncover key strategies designed to develop community-based solutions to our community’s most pressing health and human service issues. Beyond quick fixes, these strategies are delivering lasting solutions, aligned with benchmarks and achievement standards, to change community conditions. For more information about southern Nevada’s most pressing needs and how United Way’s Community-based Agenda is improving lives, visit uwsn.org/connected and join United Way’s social network.

About United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council
The Women’s Leadership Council, co-chaired by Robbie Graham and Judy Kropid, brings local female leaders to the front line to address the community’s most pressing needs. Members of the Women’s Leadership Council have committed an annual, individual investment of $2,500 or more to United Way of Southern Nevada, and enjoy benefits such as participation in meaningful leadership and educational activities, hands-on volunteer involvement, executive level networking opportunities, favorable tax benefits, and visible recognition as a woman leader.

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