By Kabita Bagchi, Marketing Volunteer
See children cannot speak up for themselves. They need your help to give them a voice in the community.
Your voice can be a powerful tool for raising awareness of the children’s education needs and in reversing the alarming Educational Crisis.
The impact to the community? More than billions in lost wages, taxes, income instability and productivity over their lifetimes. Students in our low-income communities also face significant barriers to learning including drugs, gangs, basic needs and family job instability.
Not giving our at-risk children a solid educational foundation focused on preventive programs today will leave its stimulation to another generation and tomorrow millions of Lake County’s most vulnerable children will be condemned to the same fate.
We thus need to make quality education for all our children a public policy priority. In collaboration with the community partners, advocates and agencies we need to unite leadership and resources for focused education to create lasting change that will improve lives of children in Lake County.
And preparing our children to succeed in a changing world begins with you. Below are the variety of ways you can speak up for our children and become something greater than yourself.
There are several public policy efforts under way to improve education outcomes for children living in Illinois. Visit the organizations below to learn about current issues and how you can become involved.
Take a Stand:
You can make your voice heard by directly contacting your elected officials. Share with them your story and why quality education for our children is important to you.
Whether the issue is local, regional or national, one of the easiest ways to affect change is to vote. Through your vote, you can have a voice about what you want for you, your family and your community.
Share Your Story:
How do you give, advocate, and/or volunteer in Lake County? Send us your story, so we can share it with the community. Your story will inspire others to take action.
That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.
United Way Research Report
1. Assessment of the incoming kindergarteners’ early learning skills in North Chicago (2011)
2. Assessment of Reading Success in elementary schools in Waukegan (Carman Buckner, Clearview, Glen Flora, Lyon Magnet, North and Oakdale Elementary)