For Policy Makers: Entrepreneurship Issues and Drop out Prevention Facts and Figures

NYU Study Highlights Importance of Specialized Education for Future Innovative Entrepreneurs

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Youth Entrepreneurship Education in America: A Policymaker’s Action Guide

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The Case for Entrepreneurship Education by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education

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Report by Harvard Graduate School of Education on the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education through NFTE

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Poll of Americans’ views on entrepreneurship and the economy:

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Kauffman Survey of Youth on Entrepreneurship

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Drop out Statistics

- Students from low-income families are six times more likely not to finish high school than those from high-income families. “Every 9 seconds, a student in America becomes a dropout.” (American Youth Policy Forum)

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- Students increase their occupational aspirations, interest in college, reading, and leadership behavior after participation in NFTE’s programs. Six months later, 70 percent of the alumni in a recent evaluation cohort were in college, 63 percent had jobs, and one in three ran a small business. (NFTE)

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- Fifty percent of African American, Hispanic and Native Americans will fail to graduate with their high school class. (“The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts,” by Civic Enterprises in association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

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- 1.2 million teens dropped out of high school in 2008. (Education Week)

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- Seventy-five percent of state prison inmates are high school dropouts. (“Education in America: A Nation Still At Risk. The Facts About School Choice,” by Alliance for School Choice)

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- Over 80% of drop-outs said they would have stayed in school if the subjects were more relevant to real life. (NFTE)

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HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT RATE

BALTIMORE : 58.5%

MIAMI : 44.1%

CHICAGO : 49%

BOSTON : 41.4%

NEW YORK : 49.4%

FT. LAUDERDALE : 40%

WASHINGTON DC : 42.4%

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How You Can Help

AMERICA’S PROMISE ALLIANCE — Founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as Chairman and chaired today by Alma Powell, America’s Promise Alliance is a cross-sector partnership of more than 300 corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups that are passionate about improving lives and changing outcomes for children.

CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND — The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.

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GET SCHOOLED — The Gates Foundation teams up with Viacom to offer help to teens, teachers, parents, and community leaders through this all-media spanning program.

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ASHOKA — Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.

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BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS — Kids Who Feel Better About Themselves Do Better in School . Big Brothers, Big Sisters Offers school-based mentoring opportunities for adults to spend time with at-risk students. . School-Based Mentoring is not a classroom program, and it’s not tutoring. School-Based Mentoring is one-to-one mentoring that takes place in the schools.

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ACHIEVE — Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C. that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability.

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COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS — Communities In Schools champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life.

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EDUCATION ALLIANCE — Education Alliance provides educational opportunities, trainings and support for school teachers and administrators as well as the general public.

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YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS A CRITICAL TOOL IN KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL — NFTE donation programs

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURSHIP ALLIANCE — The Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) was founded on the belief that teens from all walks of life have innate talents, waiting to be discovered. YEA helps low-income teens realize their economic potential and take steps toward financial independence by owning and running viable businesses. YEA opens doors to higher education and meaningful employment, enabling teens to envision and create a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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