90% by 2020 ‘Grad Blitz’
A community collaboration to increase and sustain Anchorage graduation rates, United Way of Anchorage’s 90% by 2020 coordinates participants, mobilizes funding and engages volunteers in the effort to reach a 90% graduation rate by the year 2020. Through focusing its efforts on students most likely to drop out, the collaboration has helped raise graduation rates in Anchorage more than 20% over the last 14 years.
To encourage and inspire future high school graduates, as part of its 90% by 2020 collaboration, United Way encourages Anchorage businesses, nonprofits and individuals to participate in an annual “Grad Blitz.” On May 6, CIRI staff gathered for a company-wide photo to encourage future graduates to keep working toward their goals.
Using the hashtag #ANCGrads, the photo was shared across the company’s own social media platforms as well as those of United Way of Anchorage and 90% by 2020.
“The whole community benefits when we have high graduation rates,” said CIRI President and CEO Sophie Minich. “CIRI is proud to be a longtime supporter of 90% by 2020, which works with schools and families to find solutions to the issues that undermine student performance. Over the past decade, thanks in part to a groundswell of community support for our youth, Anchorage high school graduation rates have increased from 59% to 80%.”
For more information, visit 90by2020.org.