Empower children, women, and youths to succeed in the 21st century and to encourage low-income and disadvantaged children in poor communities to stay in school; to help youths who are dependent on the welfare system become successful and find gainful employment and adequate housing in USA, and to become productive citizens. To support early childhood development initiatives that give children the tools they need to survive.
The USA is currently experiencing increased problems with its youth dropping out of school. Research has shown that in America’s largest 100 public school districts, 31 percent of students failed to graduate and in some metropolitan areas the number is as high as 50 percent. In developing countries and Africa I particular, this phenomenon is worse and requires immediate actions. On average, high school dropouts live in increased poverty, have a shorter lifespan, and account for 68% of prison inmates. These individuals are untapped potential strong contributors to our economy and our future as a country.
Several factors contribute to dropping out, including peer pressure, low self-esteem, social-behavioral problems, and poor academic performance. As well, 38% of dropouts stated that having too much freedom led them to skip class or engage in activities outside of school. o some, classes were uninteresting or they were unable to successfully pass or complete their classes. In many cases, poor self-image and self-esteem issues are rooted in student failure and in some cases teenage pregnancies and a lack of parental involvement appear to be culprits.
The issues extend beyond students to educators and administrators. According to recent studies, most new teachers leave the school system after five years of teaching due to high demands of the job and a lack of training and school materials. Low paying teacher salaries, heavy workload, and negative feedback from school board members give rise to teacher apathy. Budget cuts affect all students in all schools, from elementary school to college students. Cuts do not discriminate against students due to race, religion, sex, age, or ethnic background, and they even affect the parents.