The entire month of October is dedicated to calling attention to the need for dropout prevention efforts nationwide. In the last 30-years, graduation rates have improved nearly 10 percent across the country, but much work remains.
For example, compared to other large, urban school districts, Denver has among the biggest achievement gaps in the country between white and Hispanic students in reading and math.*
Since 1946, Denver Kids, Inc. has helped students challenged by poverty in Denver Public Schools (DPS) make it to and through high school with the skills needed to transition into college or start their careers. And we’re making an impact.
- Last year, 79% of Denver Kids seniors graduated high school on-time.
Within DPS, 62% of students experiencing poverty graduated high school on-time.
- 96% of Denver Kids graduates pursued a post-secondary plan (college, apprenticeships, technical or military training)
Just 56% of low income students in the U.S. enrolled in college (American Council on Education)
When you support Denver Kids during National Dropout Prevention Awareness month—or anytime throughout the year—you help Denver’s most vulnerable young people receive opportunities to excel not only in academics like reading and math, but also in social and emotional skills such as empathy, resilience, self-respect, and collaboration. These are the critical competencies that help our young people thrive both in school and in life.
*2017 NAEP Trial Urban District Assessment Rankings