New Initiative from the United Way of Greater St. Louis- Education Express

ST. LOUIS, MO (April 3, 2012) —  It’s time to help a child excel in and out of school. The good news is it doesn’t need to take much time. The great news is it will forever have a lasting, positive effect on that child and, in turn, our community. Starting April 4, sign up with Education Express and become one of the 2,000 people needed to help children become successful in the region. United Way of Greater St. Louis is organizing this tremendous effort and is working with more than 30 participating schools and nonprofit organizations.

Examples of how you can make a difference in a child’s future:

  • Provide homework help at an after-school program
  • Read to kids at an elementary school
  • Mentor at an agency or school
  • Tutor a student preparing for college


  • More than 1 million children drop out of school each year, costing the nation over $240 billion in lost earnings, forgone tax revenues and expenditures for social services
  • Youth who have help and support with mentors feel confident about their future (52 percent v. 37 percent of those who are on their own) 
  • Mentored youth have better attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better attitudes toward school
  • Youth in mentoring relationships present better attitudes and behaviors at school and are more likely to attend college than their counterparts

“United Way is helping to increase the level of quality volunteers and critical support tools in our community to aid nonprofit organizations and schools that shoulder the important work of educating children,” said Cheryl Polk, executive VP and chief strategy and engagement officer with United Way of Greater St. Louis. “Our goal with this initiative is to raise the awareness of the need for these types of volunteers because there are significant numbers of children waiting for mentors and tutors. We believe that having committed volunteers supporting this initiative will help increase children’s attendance, behavior and academic performance.”

Education Express will work with partner organizations throughout the region with the goal of recruiting 2,000 volunteers by 2014 to serve as mentors, tutors, reading partners and homework helpers for local youth.

Corporate partner includes the St. Louis Rams.

About United Way of Greater St. Louis
United Way supports more than 170 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or

For more information, contact:
Carrie Zukoski, 314-539-4029;
[email protected]

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