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Reports show high school dropouts during the 2008 year represent a $1.2 billion loss to Northeast Florida’s economy over the course of their lifetime. Without a literate workforce, Jacksonville and its surrounding counties will not attract new businesses and develop a stronger tax base.

In Spring 2010, more than 150 top CEOs and regional business leaders gathered to learn how they can play a critical role in reducing the local dropout rate. The event, Graduation Now; an Education Summit, was hosted by United Way of Northeast Florida and America’s Promise Alliance, a national dropout prevention initiative.

Founded by General and Mrs. Colin Powell, the America’s Promise Summit was sponsored by State Farm and other lead partners including the Community Foundation in Jacksonville, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, Jacksonville Public Education Fund and Learning to Finish.

At the end of the summit, company teams developed action plans on how their companies could assist schools and students through opportunities including mentoring, parent engagement, and sponsorships.

Click on the link below to learn how your business can get involved and take action today!
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Learn more about two United Way of Northeast Florida initiatives making an impact in preparing students for school and high school completion:
Success By 6 and Achievers For Life: Two-Year Progress Report