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Students who face difficulties outside of school – like poverty and instability – are the most likely to drop out.

When you look past the labels, you see there is more to the story.

You see a bad kid, but really he’s stuck in a bad situation beyond his control.

The lazy teen may be tired from working two jobs to help support his family.


90% Graduation by 2020 is a community collaboration convened by United Way of Anchorage. We are a network of donors, community partners, and volunteers who:

  • Helped 338 students on the verge of giving up earn their high school diplomas;
  • Worked in 12 elementary and middle schools to move students from frequently absent to present in school and engaged; 
  • Ensured 1,405 families in low income zip codes had age-appropriate books at home to start children birth to five on the path to reading.


We employ best practices to focus on:

  • Early literacy for pre-school children to help them enter kindergarten ready to learn;
  • Promoting school engagement for elementary and middle school students who have high absentee rates;
  • Intensive supports for High school seniors who need support inside and outside the classroom to recover credits.


School is hard when you're just trying to survive. 90% Graduation by 2020 is working to give our most at-risk students the help they need to graduate and have a successful life - and you can join.

Join the Cause - Social Media Toolkit

We all have a role to play in helping at-risk students graduate. Download the toolkit and share on social media to join this important movement.


Every bit of support counts for Anchorage youth in need. To date, over 3,300 students are economically disadvantaged and falling behind in school. Your support can give them the tools they need to not only survive but thrive. Help remove the barriers that stand in their way to success.

A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out

We don't have far to reach our 90% graduation goal, but we can't do it without you. Get involved to help our kids and our city reach their full potential.

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