From generation to generation, parents want their children to climb higher and grow up to live a more comfortable, successful life. The promise is that with a great education and hard work, everyone can achieve their full potential.
But the unfortunate reality is that promise is out of reach for too many in Greenville County, where more than 10 percent of people live under the poverty line — 60,000 men, women and children. Thousands more struggle every day to make ends meet.
We’ve embarked on a significant evolution of our work, one that will help us better meet the unique challenges we face in economic mobility, and help us realize our vision for a Greenville County where all people have access to opportunities to achieve their full potential.
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We believe everyone deserves access to quality education and the opportunity to reach their full potential — because the right support, resources and experiences can change the direction of a person’s life forever.
Although education is the most robust predictor of financial stability, 12 percent of adults (25 and older) in Greenville County do not have a high school diploma, and only 35 percent hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
Not earning a degree has long-term effects not only on a student’s life, but on our entire community. The average salary for adults who drop out of school ranges between $20,000 and $25,000, compared to $38,150 for high school graduates and $67,760 for graduates with a four-year degree.
We know we must do better.
United Way President & CEO Meghan Barp sat down with OnTrack Greenville Executive Director Edward Anderson and Greenville First Steps Executive Director Derek Lewis for an in-depth conversation on the current challenges we face in education and how we can solve them.
Berea High School graduate James Garcia is one of the first recipients of OnTrack Greenville’s Kathy Dobbins Scholarship, named in honor of the former Lakeview Middle School Principal who passed away last school year. Hear more from the Furman student and future lawyer about his journey.
Coming Friday, Oct. 22: A conversation with TD Bank SC Market President David Lominack and CommunityWorks President & CEO Tammy Hoy Hawkins + hear from United Way volunteer and donor Moryah Jackson about why supporting United Way and our financial stability work is very personal.
Coming Friday, Nov. 12: A conversation with Proactive MD President Saria Saccocio and Long Branch Baptist Church Pastor Sean Dogan + hear from United Way partners about how we’re working together to build vibrant and equitable communities for all.
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