Michelle Gayles, Vice President for Community Impact at the Valley of the Sun United Way, provided a write up of its new mentoring program at Camelback High School.

Valley of the Sun United Way’s Destination Graduation program is active in seven schools in the Phoenix area, including Camelback High School and serves students in 6-9th grades. The Destination Graduation program provides personal and customized interventions through Job for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) coaches at the first signs students are falling behind. Additionally, United Way recruits volunteers to serve as mentors for students to help build knowledge and confidence to overcome any obstacles that could prevent them from succeeding in school.

There are several ways you can support our efforts to increase high school graduation rates.

  • GIVE:  Your donations empower us ensure programs like Destination Graduation are available to help students succeed.
  • VOLUNTEER: Become a Destination Graduation mentor and work directly with young people to prepare them for their future.
  • ADVOCATE:  Be a voice for youth in our community and find ways to get involved at your local school.