Youth Leadership

Too often, youth wander through life aimlessly with no clue of what lies ahead, how to get there and what they should be doing. There need to be structure, mentorship and proper guidance. BLAZEUp Youth Leadership Program was created to equip youth with transferrable leadership skills that position them to be great and have a viable future.

Life is full of transitions and there are certain challenges that come with each transition. If you are not properly skilled and equipped the transition can be difficult, especially for our youth. Think about the various transitions our youth go through. They transition from infancy to being a toddler; from Pre-K to Kindergarten; from Pre-Teen to Teenager; from middle to high school; high school to college; and college to career. All are important, but the place where we lose many youth begins at the critical transition from middle to high school. Here are some alarming stats compiled by Dosomething.org that make youth leadership and empowerment critical to the development of our youth, advancement of companies and growth of our country.

  1. Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day.
  2. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time.
  3. The U.S., which had some of the highest graduation rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries.
  4. The dropout rate has fallen 3% from 1990 to 2010 (12.1% to 7.4%).
  5. The percentage of graduating Latino students has significantly increased. In 2010, 71.4% received their diploma vs. 61.4% in 2006. However, Asian-American and white students are still far more likely to graduate than Latino & African-American students.
  6. A high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over his lifetime. And almost a million dollars less than a college graduate.
  7. In 2010, 38 states had higher graduation rates. Vermont had the highest rate, with 91.4% graduating. And Nevada had the lowest with 57.8% of students graduating.
  8. Almost 2,000 high schools across the U.S. graduate less than 60% of their students.
  9. These “dropout factories” account for over 50% of the students who leave school every year.
  10. 1 in 6 students attend a dropout factory. 1 in 3 minority students (32%) attend a dropout factory, compared to 8% of white students.
  11. In the U.S., high school dropouts commit about 75% of crimes.

**View dosomething.org for sources of all stats

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