We believe that 6th, 7th & 8th grades are the most important time in a child’s life. Middle school age is a crucial, and also pivotal time for the youth because they are deciding and making choices about who they want to become, while still seeking guidance and open to be influenced. Therefore Urban Born is committed to instilling in middle school students (particularly those Born and raised in Urban communities) the truth that, “It’s Easier To Catch On Now, Than To Catch Up Later.”
Why We Do What We Do
Did you know that in the United States well over 1 million students drop out of school every year? In other words, that means over 6000 students a day which comes out to at least 1 student every 29 seconds. According to national data, students from low-income families are 2.4 times more likely to become a “drop out” than children of middle-income families, and even 10.5 times likelier than children of high-income families.
Think that this is just an urban or inner city problem? Think Again! There are extreme social implications as the result of a child dropping out of school and dealing with the stresses and frustrations associated with their choices. Our nation’s prisons and death row inmates are made up of, by a disproportionate percentage, “dropouts”. According to one research study high school “dropouts” make up 82% of the America prison population. “Dropouts” are eight times more likely to be in jail or prison than high school graduates; and likely to make almost $10,000 less per year than high school graduates; and is at least twice as likely to slip into poverty than high school graduates, and three times as likely than college graduates.
Urban Born Can Help!
Your donation goes towards programs, workshops, equipment and more that’s used to keep our youth off the streets and out of gangs and in school, while providing them with positive life and career skills.