Shocking, right? Or maybe you have heard statistics like this before. The problem is, sometimes it is hard to see the true effects of statistics. It is difficult to understand how they affect our own communities, our own families, or ourselves.
Right now in the United States, a kid’s socioeconomic status is a better indicator of college graduation than academic ability.
Poverty affects their entire lives. Poverty impacts youth all over our city. Before a child can even speak poverty begins to shape their lives. As they grow it continues to create barriers to education throughout childhood + into young adult life. Without a high school diploma hope for a brighter future continues to diminish. The lack of a legal job with a livable wage.
When families have resources, kids grow up with hope + dreams for their futures.
Over 60% of employers would not consider hiring applicants with criminal records.
With more opportunity for a quality education, graduation rates in our city rise + more people have access to a higher quality of life.
75% of students with literacy problems in 3rd grade will still have difficulties in 9th grade.
With more opportunity for employment, families stabilize + people live with purpose.
High school dropouts face a lifetime earning loss of $347,000 - $739,410.
Having greater income to access broader food choices + medical care helps people live more active + complete lives.
54% more unemployed people will have fair or poor health.
Employment leads to less crime + fewer incarcerations. Our city as a whole becomes safer.
Incarceration rates are 63 times higher than college graduates.
When people are educated + employed, businesses have more solid workforces + families have more disposable income.
Incarceration taxpayer cost per inmate is estimated at $22,187 per year.
of JLT graduate fathers
feel that they connect better
with their children + family.
increase in yearly income
by helping students
finish their GED.
is the average wage
of JLT graduates 4 months
more unemployed people will have fair or poor health.
of Phase 1 JLT graduates
have not received any
new felonies or warrants.
savings in taxpayer dollars
through lower recidivism
because of JLT.