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United for Literacy
Since 1923, UWSBC has worked closely in partnership with schools and programs in our community to improve educational success. After spending 2007-2009 asking thousands of Santa Barbara County people and organizations what ten-year goals they wanted for Santa Barbara, the top response was “Education Improvement”.
As a result of the asking and research, UWSBC, in partnership with Northern Santa Barbara United Way, launched United for Literacy (UFL) - a countywide initiative with the following 10-year goals:
- Increase on-time graduation rates by 50%
- Increase the percentage of students reading at or above grade level in every grade by 50%
UFL provides a set of research driven national best practices and partnerships designed to improve high school graduation rates. The three components of UFL are Parent Engagement, Access to Books and Online Literacy Programs. Each component offers educational programming that is age-appropriate and aligned with school curriculum. In addition, UWSBC will provide leveraging services such as community volunteers, neighborhood engagement and reading optimization tools to maximize impact and efficiency throughout the 10-year process.