Adults in Neighborhoods Helps Lower Youth Dropout Rates

The greater the number of adults living in a neighborhood, the more likely it is that youth in the neighborhood will graduate from high school, a report from the Center for Promise, the research institute of America’s Promise Alliance, finds.

Who’s Minding the Neighborhood?: The Role of Adult Capacity in Keeping Young People on a Path to Graduation examined the ratio of adults over the age of 25 to school-age youth between the ages of 6 and 17 by ZIP code. It found that, on average, a 1% increase in the adult-to-youth ratio, or adult capacity, resulted in a 1% decrease in the dropout rate. According to the study, for every seven additional adults living in a neighborhood, one less student dropped out of school. The study also found that adults age 45 and older had the largest effect on youth dropout rates.


About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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