25 DC Teen Parents Gain Work-Readiness Skills

Goal: $ 1000

No of Donation: 15

 

 

Goal: $ 1000
Amount Raised: $ 1170
Remaining : $
No of Donation : 15
Category : Education
Url : http://www.ja.org
Contact Number : 262-432-3646
Address : One Education Way
State : Colorado Springs
City : CO
Country : US
Zipcode : 80906

Challenge

Youth unemployment in DC is double the national average at 17%. For at-risk youth in poverty-ridden areas the rate is higher. Further, 66% of households headed by teen parents live in poverty and girls born to teen mothers are three times as likely to repeat the cycle. With an increased focus on standardized testing and basic reading and math skills acquisition, DC public schools do not provide financial literacy or work readiness classes as part of their college preparatory curriculum.

Solution

To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
In Washington DC less than 60% of high school seniors graduate in four years while only 50% of teen mothers in DC graduate at all. By teaching 25 at-risk teen parents the connection between education and economic success we hope to change negative attitudes and behaviors concerning school. The 18 real world JA classroom lessons will augment their one-day experience as "adults" and prepare them to be responsible parents who make informed decisions for themselves and their children.

Long-Term Impact

It's been proven that students who receive JA six times during their school career are 90% more likely to graduate from high school. The goal of our project will be for youth to develop attitudes aligned with high school graduation and 21st century skills that prepare them for success. In addition, JA programs improve student academic performance and achievement leading to increased graduation rates.

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