Monday, January 25, 2010
Send a Boost to a Fellow Teen
When you are down and out, remember that there are people out there who care about you. The cool and innovative folks at boostup.org have created a whole site focused on sending out positive vibes and creating awareness about the dropout rate in our country. Did you know:
-Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 6,000 a day.
-More than a quarter (25%) of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time.
-Dropouts make up nearly half the heads of households on welfare.
-In the U.S., 65% of convicts are dropouts. Lack of education is one of the strongest predictors of criminal activity.
-America’s high school graduation rate ranks 19th in the world. (Forty years ago, we were number one.)
Sobering facts, huh? Well, at boostup.org, you can give a support to actual teens who are in danger of dropping out of high school. While you're there, you should explore the site and find some of your own reasons to keep going. After all, you don't want to become part of this national trend!