Kids are dropping out of school in our community at an alarming rate. In fact, the number of kids who drop out each year is equivalent to the workforce at the GM Powertrain Plant. This crisis not only impact the student but the effects ripple throughout the entire community.
Students who drop out:
- Are more likely to be unemployed during economic turndowns, pay far less in taxes, and consume far more in public assistance benefits.
- Are more likely to continue the cycle of poverty; students living in low-income families drop out of school at six times the rate of their peers.
- Earn an average of $9.634 less annually than student with a high school diploma. That's less money circulating to neighborhood businesses and development.
- Are much more likely to find themselves cycling in and out of the prison system.
- One-third of all dropouts are lost in ninth grade.
That's why we're partnering with local nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and businesses to create lasting change and ensure our kids graduate.