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The Need: Impact High School Dropouts

In Chicago, nearly 40,000 youth between the ages of 15 and 20 and approximately 97,000 youth ages 16 to 24 are high school dropouts. Without a high school diploma the implications for these youth, and for the community as a whole, are severe:

  • School-to-Prison Pipeline: Youth dropouts are more likely to be involved in destructive interactions and illicit activities, making them prone to incarceration.
  • Job Loss: They are less likely to receive skills and experience needed for employment, which also impacts the development of the future workforce.
  • Tax Revenue Loss: Dropouts earn less over their lifetime which equates to fewer tax contributions for the community.
  • Taxpayer Costs: Over the lifetime of each dropout, taxpayers bear the cost of approximately $290,000 due to loss of tax contributions, increased public assistance costs and correctional costs.