Michael comes from a single parent household where his mother is raising him and his 2 younger siblings. Michael lost his father at a young age and had a great deal of anger as a result. He exhibited negative behaviors in middle school and was heavily involved in gangs. Along with Michael’s mother, officials at Michael’s middle school encouraged him to get involved in a mentor program offered by a United Way partner agency.
Michael agreed to try it and soon grew to love participating.
The program gave him something he was lacking in the form of a positive male role model. He was able to develop a different set of principles and values and to envision a different kind of future. His behavior improved dramatically and he became more engaged in school, even becoming an honor roll student. He was excited and optimistic as he began his freshman year of high school this fall. Michael is proud of his accomplishments and excited for the future. Because of you, he is on a path to graduation.
Through partnerships with funders, service providers, government and business leaders, United Way works to make sure educational supports exist for all of our at-risk students. Since 2011, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has helped 34,992 middle school students get on track to graduate/be promoted to the next grade level and helped 48,853 children become better prepared/ready for kindergarten.
Michael’s story—and thousands more like it—changed because of people like you.
Through proven strategies and quality programs, United Way measurably improves lives for individuals, families and our region. Join us, and change the story for those in need in greater Chicago.