How much does it cost you when a young person drops out of school?
  When young adults are disconnected from school, job experiences, and civic engagement the costs are high.

Societal Cost

  • Opportunity youth earn $9,800 less than youth working part-time and in school. Tax gaps: opportunity youth pay $1,680/youth less in taxes than youth working part-time and in school annually.
  • 63% of all youth crime is correlated to opportunity youth. The annual fiscal burden of crime and costs of victims is $39,240/youth. Crime burden does not include the cost of incarceration.
Health Care & Welfare
  • 27.8% opportunity youth are on Medicaid total cost for health care $2.380/youth annually. Opportunity youth are more likely to receive welfare at $1,220/youth annually.

How You Can Help

  • Employers - Provide work opportunities for youth.
  • Local government - Negotiate community supports.
  • Colleges - Create a bridge for opportunity youth preparedness to post secondary education.
  • High Schools- Let's work to re-engage disconnected youth.
  • Service Providers- Let's work together to create wrap around services and community supports for the whole family.
  • Individuals- Work with us to support opportunity youth in your community as a volunteer, intern, donor, or employee as we grow