In their own voices, youth share their struggles and contribute to the larger ongoing narrative about why 20 percent of young people don’t finish high school on time. This report highlights the challenges of the work that you do to re-engage at promise youth.
This groundbreaking report breaks stereotypes about youths being bored or unmotivated. Rather, these youth are overwhelmed by the effects of toxic living conditions, such as homelessness, violent surroundings, abuse or neglect, catastrophic family health events, and the absence of caring adults who can help them succeed in school. The stories in “Don’t Call Them Dropouts” are emotional and powerful — describing family and community difficulties, along with the strength and resilience to re-engage in school or otherwise find a path to success.
Researchers conducted the largest mixed-methods study to date on this topic, including a quantitative survey of more than 2,000 young adults ages 18-25 who did not complete high school on time, as well as extensive interviews with more than 200 young adults of the same description in 16 communities nationwide experiencing high concentrations of poverty.
Learn more about the Don’t Call Them Dropouts report and the implications of this research for the work that you do at the 2014 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum on November 14 and 15 in San Diego, California.
Jonathan F. Zaff, Ph.D., will discuss the findings and implications of this work with attendees at the 3rd Annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum. Don’t miss this chance to explore how your work relates to this cutting edge research.
Dr. Zaff is Senior Vice President of Research & Policy Development for America's Promise Alliance and the Director of the Center for Promise. He is also a senior fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.
Read Don’t Call Them Dropouts.