Number of “disconnected youth” reaches 6.7 million, need for tutors and mentors is crucial

One in six young people between ages 16 and 24 years old are unattached to school in America. This means approximately 6.7 million are currently “disconnected” youth. There are approximately 3.4 million young people who are “chronically disconnected,” having no attachment to school or the labor market since the age of 16.

This informative graphic shows 1 in 6 young people are disconnected from school and work, and provides details about the burden chronic disconnectedness places on our national tax base and social economy. With stronger mentoring and tutoring efforts, we can help reverse these statistics. (Click on the image to see a larger version at United Way Worldwide’s website.)

Dropout recovery and reengagement in society is a regional and national matter, with deep implications for America’s economy, our local community, and for young people themselves.

To read more about this challenge and learn how you can help make a difference (even through social media like facebook and twitter), visit the United Way Worldwide website here.

If you wish to learn more about serving as a local mentor and/or tutor to help more Mid-South children avoid becoming representative of these statistics, visit our Campaign for the Common Good website and the Raise Your Hand Tennessee website.

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