We’re excited to share that our After-School and AMP Teen Learning Labs are the recipients of a generous grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation. Thanks to this contribution, made in partnership with United Way of Central Ohio, we’ll be able to help more young people in our community develop the skills and behaviors needed to graduate from high school prepared for success.
Cardinal Health’s interest in supporting programs for student success stems from the connection between more education and greater health outcomes. In terms of education, federal statistics show that, on average, 25-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree live approximately nine years longer than those who don’t graduate from high school. Cardinal Health hopes to accelerate progress on initiatives that help young people
develop the skills and behaviors needed to graduate from high school prepared for success.
“Improving health outcomes is the strategic focus of the Cardinal Health Foundation. We work to expand the quality and access to physical and mental health services and positively impact social determinants of health by increasing access to healthy food, stable housing, and education. We know that lack of access disproportionately impacts people of color. And we know that increasing access leads to better health outcomes –for all people,” Jessie Cannon, VP of Community Relations at Cardinal Health said.
United Way of Central Ohio is focused on fighting poverty by investing in the most effective partners that get results. Earlier this year, the organization announced increased focus and support on student success. Lisa Courtice, President and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio says poverty has a role in student success.
“Poverty has always had a dramatic impact on student success, and COVID-19 has only increased this impact. As unemployment levels rise and public school students have access to fewer resources, it’s up to all of us to do everything we can to support children and families.”
Funds from the grant will help St. Stephen’s Community House provide a safe and healthy environment for our participating children and young adults as well as technology support.
“The focused energy and generosity of Cardinal Health will have a positive impact on our community. This is how we all win.” Lisa Courtice, President and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio said.