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United Way of Anchorage selected to be key partner to help tackle America’s education challenges Anchorage’s 90% by 2020

ANCHORAGE, AK United Way of Anchorage was selected as one of six (from a pool of nearly 1,200) United Ways across the nation to be an integral member of a new national partnership created to tackle America’s education challenges. The partnership is basedupon local communities building a culture of shared accountability and collaboration to give all students the education, supports, and tools they need to be successful in school, work, and life. The national partners joined together around the goal of helping more children graduate from high school and college, and announced the collaboration at the recent Clinton Global Initiative.

Target, the Strive Network, and United Way Worldwide bring unique strengths to the partnership: Strive has a successful framework for building civic infrastructure to improve educational outcomes, United Way is a leader in mobilizing community action, and Target has made a strong commitment to education.

“We know first hand the power of working together as a community to support our youth from cradle to career,” said Michele Brown, President, United Way of Anchorage. “We’ve seen the Anchorage high school graduation rate climb from 60% in 2006 to 75% today because a broad alliance of education, business, nonprofit, and civic leaders committed to work together, using data and community expertise, to help prepare every student for success in school, college, and career.”

The goals of Anchorage’s 90% by 2020 are:

1. From birth, Anchorage children are prepared to successfully enter school.

2. Anchorage children and youth succeed academically and graduate high school ready for success in postsecondary training or higher education, and the workforce.

3. Anchorage youth access and complete postsecondary training or higher education to prepare for a successful career.

4. Anchorage children and youth are healthy, and develop life skills, attitudes, and behaviors that prime them to succeed and enrich the community.

“All of the partners in the 90% by 2020 movement can take pride in this honor and we are well on the way to 90% by 2020,” said Andrew Halcro, Chair, 90% by 2020 Leadership Team and President of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. “We can
achieve much more for our youth when we strategically align our efforts towards clear outcomes. This national partnership enables us to accelerate our efforts towards the priority student outcomes the 90% by 2020 Leadership Team has selected: students
start kindergarten ready, are proficient in math by 8th grade, and graduate on time from high school ready for career and college.”

A $1 million investment from Target will enable the national partnership and the local United Ways to accelerate this work.

To learn more about what individuals and businesses can do to support youth and the 90% by 2020 effort in Anchorage, visit www.90by2020.org.

About United Way of Anchorage
United Way of Anchorage creates opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the key building blocks for a good life: education, income and health. The goal is to create long lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. United
Way invites everyone to LIVE UNITED, to be part of the change through giving, advocating and volunteering. For more information about United Way of Anchorage, please visit www.liveunitedanchorage.org

About Strive
Strive, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, works with communities nationwide to help them create a civic infrastructure that unites stakeholders around shared goals, measures and results in education, supporting the success of every child, cradle to career. Communities implementing the Strive framework have seen dramatic improvements in kindergarten readiness, standardized test results, and college retention. For more information about Strive, visit www.strivenetwork.org.

About United Way Worldwide
United Way, a worldwide movement in 41 countries and territories, includes nearly 1,200 local organizations in the United States. It advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. LIVE UNITED is United Way’s call to action for everyone to give, to advocate and to volunteer to improve conditions in their local community. For more information about United Way, please visit: www.UnitedWay.org

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,870 stores – 1,788 in the United States and 82 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit www.target.com/corporateresponsibility

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