A fleeting window to intervene and make seminal, lasting change
Research shows that the middle school years are a peak time for neural development when new patterns are formed, making this a prime time for intervention with powerful long-term impact.
children live in poverty in the USA
Kids from impoverished backgrounds:
are less likely to finish high school
are more prone to become poverty-stricken adults and/or to become entangled in the criminal justice system
suffer greater mental and physical illness throughout their lives
have higher rate of teen parenting
kids drop out of school daily
That’s 1 child every 26 seconds.
is where truancy starts
Truancy rate is an early indicator of disengagement:
Research from Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins School of Education shows that in high poverty school districts, 75% of high school dropouts are already identifiable between the 6th and 9th grade.
Outcomes for truant students who drop out of school are bleak… leading to greater unemployment, and a higher risk of incarceration.
We’re in danger of ‘losing’ these vulnerable kids to the cycle of poverty. Without the right support, these young people are at risk of facing a lifetime of obstacles. We must act right here, right now… At The Arthur Project we are.