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PROTECT CHILDHOOD

Dropouts are more likely to become teenage parents, commit crimes, abuse drugs & alcohol, live in poverty and commit suicide. [1]

WHAT MAKES SOME KIDS
GROW UP TOO FAST?

Today's youth face many difficult challenges, and for those with low socioeconomic status, the stakes are incredibly high. The dropout rate for low-income students is six times greater than their high-income counterparts [2]. Graduating from high school is extremely important because of its lasting impact on quality of life [3]. High School dropouts are more likely to commit crimes, abuse drugs and alcohol, become teenage parents, live in poverty and commit suicide [1]. Keeping kids in school prevents them from entering the adult world before they are ready.

The transition from "at-risk-youth" to "juvenile delinquent" can happen in a instant. Once a child enters the court system, they become even more vulnerable. Their treatment in court has consequences that will impact the rest of their lives. Some states have programs that address the special needs of underage offenders, but sadly, many automatically try minors as adults for certain crimes [4]. These kids are launched into a dangerous system and are much more likely to recidivate than kids dealt with in a juvenile institution [5].

82% of Prisoners are High School Dropouts
[3]
Every day 10,000 children serve time in adult jails.
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The Good News is You Can Help

This month, our charity partners provide extra hours of learning, after school apprenticeships, and make sure kids are rehabilitated in the juvenile system. Make your charity selection and your donation will directly benefit these kids.


Let’s help protect childhood together.

Campaign for Youth Justice

Juvenile Sentencing & Rehab
Campaign for Youth Justice

Every year a quarter of a million children in the U.S. are tried in the adult criminal justice system. The Campaign for Youth Justice works to have these children tried in the juvenile system where they’ll have access to much needed rehabilitation services.

Citizen Schools

Apprenticeship Schooling
Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools provide expanded learning experiences for middle schoolers. Their day is longer and their education flows outside of the classroom. Through apprenticeships taught by everyday citizens, students learn how their textbook learning can be applied in real world careers.

SPARK

Helping underserved youth
SPARK

Spark’s one-on-one workplace apprenticeships empower 7th and 8th graders to succeed in their education and beyond. Students are matched with mentor working in careers that align to their interests. This program serves to increase their confidence and gain key skills.