United Way of Kitsap County



Educational Experiences Matter

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Helping ensure that children enter kindergarten ready to learn gives them the opportunity to reach their full potential. It matters to everyone that children go on to secondary opportunities and grow up to be contributing members of our community.

Graduate Strong a Kitsap Strong Network

Purpose: Many of the experiences and learning opportunities that shape a child's life occur outside of the classroom in our communities. Science tells us that children develop the capabilities they need to overcome challenges through connections with caring and competent adults. Graduate Strong is a community response designed to help students develop the capabilites, connections, and the credentials they need to flourish.

Graduate Strong's Mission: to strengthen our community by reducing gaps in educational opportunity and increasing post-secondary enrollment and completion.

Graduate Strong's Values:
Equity: An inclusive person-centered approach that focuses on populations that have historically been furthest from opportunity.
Responsibility: Shared accountability that brings community and schools together.
Transparency: Research-based and driven by disaggregated data shared to influence and improve outcomes for ALL our youth.
Community: Our community has strengths and resources to help ALL students flourish.
Resiliency: Building resiliency over time through positive experiences and relationships.
Innovation: Test and try new ideas and actions, sometimes emphasizing learning over outcomes.
Graduate Strong's Shared Measure:
Increase the percent of youth completing a post-secondary program to a minimum of 70% by 2030 and a minimum high school graduation rate of 90%.