Reconnection to School/Work
Every youth who is not in school reconnects to education/training.
WHY IT MATTERS
DC faces a crisis of connection for youth and young adults. Census data suggests that roughly 10% of youth ages 16-24 are both out of school and out of work. Additionally, most recently available data shows that roughly 7,500 youth aged 24 and younger are specifically disengaged from school without having attained a high school diploma or GED; 90% of these youth are aged 19-24, and 68% of them come from Wards 5, 7, and 8.
Disengagement and lack of high school credential attainment heightens the risk of weak or non-entry into the workforce, vastly lessens the chance of earning a family-supporting wage and adapting to ongoing evolution of the labor market, and risks future high levels of dependence on public systems. As the District continues its efforts to ensure that all students within its pre-K-12 system receive a quality education, it is also critical that students who have dropped out have solid on-ramps to reconnect back to education options that will prepare them for successful adulthood. (From National League of Cities feasibility study of DC's ReEngagement Center)
INDICATORS TIED TO THIS GOAL
- Disconnected youth (ages 16 to 24)
- Educationally disengaged youth (ages 16 to 24)