Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Over the last decade, between 347,000 and 544,000 10th through 12th grade students left school each year without successfully completing a high school program. Teens who do not complete high school face many more problems in life than teens who graduate. High school dropouts are at risk for negative outcomes, like becoming a teen parent or spending time in prison. Teens who do not graduate high school are also at a greater risk of being unemployed and homeless as adults. The children of dropouts are much less likely to graduate themselves.


Approximately 1 in 8 children in the United States never graduate from high school.
- Based on calculations per school day (180 days at seven hours each), one high school student drops out every nine seconds.
- Young adults of Hispanic descent are more likely to drop out of school than black or white young adults (64% Hispanic, 84% Black, and 92% White; ages 18-24 who completed school) (NCES, 2002).
- Students from low-income families are at increased risk of not completing school.
- Students with disabilities are at greatest risk of dropping out of school.


- Absent 20 or more times during the previous school year.
- Failed at least one grade.
- Low grades (Cs and Ds or below).
- Disciplinary problems or disruptive behavior.
- Low self esteem.
- At least one disability, like ADHD.
- Depression or emotional problems.
- Poor peer support.
- Must work to help support the family.
- Poor parent-child relationships.
- Parents did not graduate high school.
- Negative school climate.
- Early sexual activity.
- Substance abuse.

In 1992, Taco Bell established the TACO BELL FOUNDATION FOR TEENS, "a public 501c-3 charity that is committed to inspire teenagers to graduate from high school and become caring, educated, and productive adults".


"The TACO BELL FOUNDATION FOR TEENS believes that the best way to reach teens is not to lecture them about the benefits of graduating high school. Instead, our mission is to provide teens with new experiences that keep them engaged in their future and inspired to stay in school."


"The TACO BELL FOUNDATION FOR TEENS is the largest donor to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Inc, giving more than $23 million to support teen programming since 1995. In addition, the TACO BELL FOUNDATION FOR TEENS provides grants to other worthy programs that are designed to help teens stay in school and on the path to graduation."

Click on the link below for more information about the TACO BELL FOUNDATION FOR TEENS and don't forget to help support the TACO BELL FOUNDATION FOR TEENS in their mission to help prevent teens from becoming high school dropouts.


You can also participate in the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ Facebook application, “Worlds Largest Yearbook.” This is an application that you can add to your Facebook profile to show your support of high school students staying in school. Click the link below for more details.


* www.focusas.com/dropouts.html


Pamela Kramer said...

Great information. I had to tweet this post.

Kmphillips73 said...

This is really valuable information. I've also been searching for info on how to help teens after they drop out of school. Some states/districts don't require parental consent to drop out. Also, some courts will order a student to drop out and get their GED if they become truant or have other problems in school. I think it's great that you have written about such a difficult subject so many parents and teens face. Thank you!

dadshouse said...

That's great! I worked for Taco Bell when I was a teen, so it's even nicer to hear it is them doing these good things.

I'm grateful my two teens are hardworking students.

ChatterScene.com said...

I am glad I stumbled across your blog.

I wanted to invite you to a message board for moms.

Lizzi said...

How awesome of Taco Bell to do something that can benefit so many young people! Thanks for sharing this information!

Aubrey said...

This was a really great post! My daughter just did a report about high school drop outs. So sad.

I wanted to stop by and thank you for coming over on my SITS day! I really enjoyed reading the comments you left!

Anonymous said...

great share, great article, very usefull for me...thank


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