Topic: Ending the Cycle of Poverty
Over 50% of Male Students from the three largest minority populations live in single-parent households (especially, African-American, were our report’s statistics show over 80% live in fatherless households). Which, exposes them to non-tradition family development patterns.
National Average Single-Parent Households: 35%
White American: 25%
Asian American: 16%
Hispanic American: 42%
Native American: 52%
Family Planning (Unprotected Sex)
Non Career Planning (Poor Money Management Skills)
Negative Peer Pressure (Poor Social Skills)
How the 100% Graduation Rate Program Address the Problem:
- We met with the student and their parent to sign a 4-year agreement to graduate on time.
- We held 12 after-school training sessions on Economics and the US Legal System for 9th graders.
- We held 18 after-school training sessions on Academic Preparation, Social Skills and Job Readiness for 10th graders.
- We help place students in summer job programs or help find them summer jobs from 9th grade to 11th grade.
- We developed an after high school plan with our students in the 11th grade.
- We conducted monthly in-school sessions on Career Planning, College Readiness, Family Development, and Money Management with guest speakers for 11th and 12th graders.
- We brought in State Child Support Officers to speak with our junior class.
- We developed a self-evaluation chart for each graduation class.
100% Graduation Rate Program Results:
Camden, New Jersey – **Program Participants Group B (105) compared to Program Sample Group A (105)
The Male Program participants had a 8% lower Teen Father Rate. Compared to the City’s sample group of males – 2% (2 out of 105) to 10% (10 out of 105).
Each year, the City’s two largest high schools – Camden High and Woodrow Wilson – Guidance Departments selected 15 incoming high school freshmen for the program. These students were classified as at-risk, based on having grades below C in Math and/or Reading, or had a poor student behavior problem.
The students were then randomly assigned to a Program Group- A (Non-treatment) or Group B (Program Treatment) – based on their seating during the program’s orientation.
School Districts should improve their health, sex-education training, by:
- including money management training with their sex-education course.
- working with state and local health departments in conducting child support workshops.
- allowing students to have access to safe-sex materials, with parental consent forms, signed at the parent’s home.