United Way empowers people to get on stable financial ground with proven
methods like job training, financial wellness classes and more.
The result is thriving communities where everyone has
more opportunity to succeed.
There is a strong correlation between earning potential and school attainment. School attainment doesn’t necessarily mean college but rather some sort of trade or technical training, skill development that increases a person’s specialization and increases their ability to secure livable wages. When people are able to find decent jobs, provide for their families and save for the future, they and their children are more likely to enjoy healthy lives and succeed in school. Everyone benefits, because financially stable individuals and families lead to a more competitive workforce and a stronger community.
To Increase financial stability efforts , United Way of Pinal County Has A Goal To Raise $75,000
WHAT MAKES THE PROBLEM WORSE?
1 in 3 working Americans is not earning enough to maintain basic cost of living expenses, 1 in 4 Arizonan’s is on AHCCS and 76% of families in Pinal County are living paycheck to paycheck. These numbers are driven partly by the fact that high school graduation rates average about 75% in Pinal County, Those struggling most to break the poverty cycle often times can’t pay for GED classes, which can be expensive and time consuming. Even if a person can afford to take the class, daycare and work schedules make studying so much harder. The testing fees can also sometimes create hardships.
Without a high school diploma there is no hope of obtaining either a college degree or even obtaining a trade certificate. This continues to feed the cycle of poverty. In order to keep up with the STEM driven market place individuals that are lacking a GED, and some form of secondary education, will fall even farther behind as workplaces increasingly require higher skilled workers.
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Education and financial education can transform any life, no matter how big the economic roadblocks may seem. Each step an individual takes carries them toward financial independence. A checking account creates ease of paying vital monthly bills. Building savings enables families to respond to emergencies. Developing a spending plan builds confidence and credit. And, a career path stabilizes finances for the longterm and lights the path out of poverty.