Consider this alarming fact: Each year more than 1 million American teens fail to graduate from high school, according to the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. The consequences of this staggering statistic are felt not just throughout their lives, but also across our nation. A host of research shows that dropouts are more likely to develop health problems, live in poverty and be victims of crime. The problem impacts our economy as well, costing as much as $209 billion in lost taxes and higher government expenditures over their lifetimes (Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Columbia University).
“Boys & Girls Clubs of America works in a variety of ways every day to reduce these numbers and help students succeed in school,” says Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA.
Now, you can help, too. Through September, BGCA’s annual Tools for Back-to-School campaign offers two ways to put much-needed school supplies in the hands of Club youth. First, take the quiz at GreatFutures.org/BacktoSchool, where right answers earn supplies for Boys & Girls Clubs. You can also drop off school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils and backpacks in collection bins at Disney Stores, Michael’s and Staples. Local Boys & Girls Clubs will distribute the donated supplies to Club members in their communities.