Can intensive, individually tailored services or mentoring help young people graduate high school and become productive adults?
Why are we asking?
Every day, 7,000 students drop out of school. Among Latino and African-American boys, the dropout rate is nearly 50 percent. Young people with histories of foster care or juvenile justice custody do especially poorly. But individual attention provided by a caring adult might help keep the most vulnerable young people on track to high school graduation and careers.