Today, high school is simply not enough. What matters most is a high degree of technical training, a two-year degree or a four-year degree if students are going to be career ready.

College graduates are 2 times more likely to be employed and they earn 1.6 times more than high school graduates.

Successfully confronting the dropout crisis in this country will take a multi-faceted approach that addresses the multiple risk factors common among high school dropouts.  Engaging programming can prevent students from falling through the cracks, ensuring that they receive the appropriate level of engagement and support to graduate from high school and to be prepared for work, college and beyond.

Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school.

  • In the United States, high school dropouts commit about 75% of crimes.
  • Over the course of their lives, dropouts will earn $260,000 less than their counterparts who graduate from high school.

After school programs are critical

  • Studies show that after-school programs effectively address and help resolve many of the issues that lead to dropping out of high school (Afterschool Alliance, July 2008).
  • Teens who do not participate in after-school programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes at school than teens who do participate (YMCA of the USA, March 2001, After School for America’s Teens).
  • After-school programs are especially crucial in reaching young people who are most at risk at turning points as they transition from middle school to high school and are searching for meaningful, academic, vocational and recreational activities that keep them invested in their own success (NYSAN, Spring 2009).