Guiding students to a right path that are about to ruin their future…
At-risk students are students who are not experiencing success in their community, school and are potential dropouts. Usually, they are low academic achievers who exhibit low self-esteem. Generally they are from low socioeconomic status families. At-risk students tend not to participate in school activities and have minimal identification with the school. They have disciplinary and truancy problems that lead to problems. They exhibit impulsive behavior and their peer relationships are problematic. Family problems, drug addictions, pregnancies, and other problems prevent them from participating successfully in school. As they experience failure and fall behind their peers, school becomes a negative environment that reinforces their low self-esteem.
Roughly 48% of all middle school students in the Dallas area are considered “at-risk.” These students are more apt to have difficulties in their lives that would result in running away from home, drop out of school, commit crime or abuse alcohol and drugs. This statistic is one of the reasons for our program. Our program is an investment back into the community to support at-risk students and to prepare them for high school and career awareness.
6th graders who failed math or english/reading students who attended school less tan 80% of the time, students who received an unsatisfactory behavior grade in a core course were given a less than 25% chance of graduating High School on time. (Communities Foundation of Texas, Impact Report 2015, Page 13)
People who work with at-risk teenagers say dropping out is not an event; it’s a process. Youngsters miss school and get “backed up” in class, so they miss more school because they’re bewildered or embarrassed, and fall further behind. Seeing few ways to recover, they just silently drop out and this starts a cycle of economic and social disparity.