For many, the beginning of a new year signifies a fresh start, a chance to improve yourself for the year to come. For me, the first of the year is a time to reflect on the last twelve months, and to challenge myself to reach further in the next twelve. My 2012 resolutions include taking more time to explore my interest through reading, running a 5k and volunteering at a local animal shelter. In addition to my own resolutions, I want to give others the opportunity to achieve theirs as well. That is why I give to United Way through New Year. Bright Future. The road to a successful education can be a difficult one. In Chicago, nearly half of all teens do not graduate high school. This past September, United Way of Metro Chicago launched LIVE UNITED 2020, a decade long vision to transform communities of greatest need throughout our region. Part of this initiative is to help 50,000 underperforming middle school kids enter high school ready to succeed by focusing on two key transition periods in a child’s life: Early Childhood Education and Middle School Transition Into High School. By giving to New Year. Bright Future., you too can play a part in this social movement. When you give to this initiative, kids 0-5 receive critical early intervention, quality childcare and family support and students in 6th-9th grade receive the mentoring and tutoring they need to succeed. By giving to this initiative, you can give local children the opportunity to start 2012 off on the right track.
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