United Way funds programs that focus on parental enagement that leads to student success. These successes include increased attendance and grades and increased graduation rates. 
Helping Kids Succeed Initative:
Issue: Parental Engagement
Student achievement and personal development is closely tied to positive parental involvement. There are a multitude of barriers that can get in the way of parental engagement. It is important for all families and the community to work well together so that all students are successful. United Way in Waukesha County investments drive Parental Engagement that helps students succeed by improved school attendance and grades and by increasing the graduation rate. 
Strategies for Success: 
• Mediation services are used as a one-on-one strategy with parents, the child, and school to address the issues that are affecting the child. Mediation works to establish a plan to increase school attendance, grades, and graduation rates. Mediation creates a mutually agreed upon action plan for learning between the parent, child and school. 
• Placing students who are struggling in a traditional school environment into a 21 month hands-on work/school program that allows the student to work in local industry learning valuable skills and completing their high school education at the same time. 
2023 Long-Term Results: 
• 85% (1,071 of 1260) of targeted students successfully graduate high school.
• 85% (959 of 1,128) parents or guardians develop a clear understanding of how they can be an engaged partner with schools and organizations. 
Current Results:
• 84% of students had improved attendance when their parents were able to effectively communicate and participate with their child’s school. 
• 83% of those same students also saw improved grades as a result of their improved attendance.

Helping Kids Succeed Partners: 
A&A Manufacturing
Alto Shaam
Aries Industries
Bradley Corp.
Create - A - Pack Foods
D & H Industries
Dicken Masch Plastics
Eutectic Corp.
GE’s Waukesha Gas Engines
Generac Power Systems
GPS Education Partners, Inc. (Formerly Second Chance)
HUSCO International
Industrial Towel & Uniform
InPro Corporation
MetalTek International
Power Test
Prestwick Golf Group
Rexnord Industries - Renew Falk
Sentry Equipment
SPX Transformer Solutions
Tailored Label Products
Waukesha Metal Products
Wisconsin Community Services
Weimer Industries