Great challenges remain; we have allowed our adolescence young men to fall victim to themselves, society, social media and fictitious ways of what life should be. The struggle remains unabated however we can reconnect to save the future generation. Boy’s 2 Bowties is committed and dedicated to make the necessary steps to make that change.
Here’s a quick statistic to view. According to the Brookings Institute, in our home base of Prince George’s County, MD there are 7,003 disconnected youth. Of those individuals, 28% hold less than an associate’s degree. The Annie E. Casey Foundation estimates that in Maryland, an average of 9,500 students drop out of school each year, with the highest dropout rate occurring in Prince George’s County. In the 2011-2012 school year alone, 2,621 students dropped out of school in the Prince George’s County School System. Students do not suddenly decide to drop out of school; it is a gradual process beginning early in a child’s life cycle. Usually students with a history of frequent unexcused absences, truancy problems, poor grades, and a complicated home life are most at-risk of becoming a dropout after the age of 15.
The term disconnected youth can be steered by a number of things to include social, academic, drug and domestic problems. With Boys 2 Bowties we can address these issues head on like no other counselor or administrator can. We have more direct hands on scenarios that have been in place on a smaller scale helping adolescence.
Students who do not finish high school are in danger of suffering long-term consequences
• On average, Maryland dropouts earn $150,000 less in their lifetime than adults with a high school diploma
• Individuals with a high school diploma are employed at a rate of 76%. For those without high school credentials, the employment rate drops to 57%
• High School dropouts are 3.5 times more likely to become incarcerated during their lifetime, and currently 75% of state prison inmates in the United States are high school dropouts
• Less than half of high school dropouts go on to own a home, which can impact community property value and stability
• High school dropouts have an average lifespan that is 5.1 years shorter than someone with a high school diploma
• Equally startling are statistics showing the cost to the public of individuals who do not earn high school credentials. Taking into account the likelihood of unemployment and underemployment, dropouts will cost the public roughly $36 billion each year in lost Federal and state income taxes
• In Maryland, a high school dropout will cost the state’s communities an average of $300,000 over the course of their lifetime.
Due to legal age disclosures, there is an undisclosed number of teenage adolescence with criminal records or in some form of Prince George’s County affiliated confinement system. These incidents are all incidents where Boys 2 Bowties will intervene and support this troubled group with high confidence and integrity efforts to include mentors, workshops and consultations aimed at the success of transforming the youth of today for the future of tomorrow.