There's a crisis at hand! "Every 29 seconds, another student gives up on school, resulting in more than one million American dropouts a year – or 7,000 every day."

Although the U.S. four-year graduation rate is up 1% from the 2010-2011 school year and as of the 2011-2012 school year, it is now at an historical high of only 80%.

"Socioeconomic Background. National data show that students from low-income families are 2.4 times more likely to drop out of school than are children from middle-income families, and 10.5 times more likely than students from high-income families."

As of 2012, only 51% of SC adults ages 25 to 34 have attained their high school diploma or GED and that's only 4% higher than the national average. 

You think that's bad? In 2011 only 22% of this segmented population nationally held a bachelor's degree or higher.

Athletes United meets the youth where they are to deter this trend from continuing.

Sources:

DoSomething.org

National Center for Education Statistics

Kid Source 

National Center for Education Statistics

National KIDS COUNT

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