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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. These teens and young adults often find their personal circumstances too insurmountable to overcome on their own in order to stay in school.

Yet without a high school diploma, the implications for these youth, and the community as a whole, are severe:

  • 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.