A new report from America’s Promise Alliance finds that students who leave high school without graduating are often overwhelmed by a cluster of negative impacts of poverty. You can read the full 72 page report (pdf) online, but here are some highlights (if that’s even the right word) to note:
- Approximately 20 percent of young people (that’s about 800,000 per year) don’t graduate from high school
- Toxic home, school, or neighborhood environments–sources of violence, disrespect and adverse health–lead young people to stop going to school
- Connectedness to others can lead young people both toward and away from school
- Even young people who are able to “bounce back” from an interrupted education are often unable to re-engage in the longer-term
So what does all this mean for libraries?