Children are at Risk
Children attending public school in an urban context face a unique set of challenges. Overcrowded classrooms, lack of funding to provide for basic materials, and safety concerns all detract from the educational experience. With graduation rates in local schools as low as 61%, the education system sets children up for academic and personal failure rather than success.
Sociological studies continue to report that students who drop out of school have higher rates of unemployment, teen pregnancy, drug use and incarceration records well into adulthood, all of which perpetuate the cycle of poverty. We believe that education is the key to breaking that cycle and opening doors of opportunity.