A third of all students in New York’s public schools will drop out. The consequences for our community are real: Students who drop out are eight times more likely to become incarcerated and three times more likely to be unemployed. When a student drops out of school it has a lasting effect on our communities and society as a whole.
Students who drop out earn roughly $1 million less than high school graduates. Furthermore, out-of-school, out-of-work youths collectively cost Americans about $1.6 trillion in increased social services and lost earnings and taxes over the course of their lifetimes.
But there is a solution. City Year helps close the gap between what students need to succeed and what schools are designed to provide by placing near-peer mentors in New York’s most under-served schools to address specific areas that lead to students dropping out.