Ayeola Fortune is United Way’s Director of Youth Success and leads our work with the passion of someone who has dedicated her career to helping our next generation of problem solvers and game changers: our children. Due in part to Ayeola’s vision and commitment and that of the United Way network, the United States is currently experiencing the highest level of high school graduation rate, currently at 81%.
Ayeola has developed the aggressive education strategies, initiatives, resources and tools to support United Way Worldwide’s 2028 national goal of improving the number of students that graduate high school prepared for college and career. Ayeola understands that change does not happen alone and that we must work together to solve the problems facing our education system. Ayeola’s end goal is always helping youth to attain their fullest potential.
In her role, Ayeola has led the implementation of major education grant initiatives, including Out-of-School Time Capacity Grants, Middle Grades and Post-Secondary Success Challenges, as well as United Way Worldwide’s Ready by 21 national partnership. She also helped develop United Way Worldwide’s education roadmaps, which outlined the critical strategies and potential roles that United Ways can play to improve educational outcomes—especially for at-risk youth—in their communities. Ayeola strives to capture data driven results community by community to assess what strategies are the most effective. Then, under her direction, the United Way team will scale those solutions in communities everywhere in order to super-size educational success, and get our next generation the education and background they will need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.