HOW CAN YOU HELP
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.
- 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