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Washington state's high school dropouts are getting a second chance

Did you know that there are close to 15,000 high school dropouts in the state of Washington? With the help of organizations like iGrad and Safe Futures, young people who want to finish their high school educations will be given a second chance. 

iGrad and Safe Futures are just two of the many organizations that will receive funding from the United Way’s new Reconnecting Youth Project, which was unveiled at its annual fall fundraising breakfast last week. United Way plans to help 5,000 young people complete a high school education by 2020, an extraordinary feat. According to the Seattle Times, since iGrad’s opening in 2012, 326 students enrolled in the program have completed their high school diploma or GED

United Way will make an effort to raise $20 million by 2020 to fund the program and so far $3.6 million has been received from some Seattle-based companies like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Boeing and Microsoft. 

To learn more about the Reconnecting Youth Project, donate money, or volunteer your time, visit their official website here

Ev Petgrave enjoys making her four-year-old girl take embarrassing photos, and when she’s not doing that, she’s writing, doing techy stuff, or traveling the world.