The Students

Our program will serve at-risk High school students in PSD.  For a student to be defined as “at risk of early exit without graduation” he or she must experience one or more of the following issues: academic failure, attendance concerns, behavioral problems and social/emotional difficulties.

27% of all students in Poudre School live in poverty (2007).  This is up 64% since 2000.

Poverty – Students from poverty face issues:

  • Low preschool attendance,
  • Lower reading, writing and math skills,
  • Lower IQ, poor attendance due to illness or injury,
  • 2 times more likely to repeat a grade or be suspended or be expelled,
  • 1/3 more likely to experience learning disabilities,
  • 2 times more likely to drop out,
  • 10 times more likely to experience hunger,
  • 7 times  more likely to experience abuse or neglect,
  • 2 times more likely to be unemployed as a young adult,
  • 2 times more likely to be victims of violent crime, 3 x more likely to as teens to have an out of Wedlock birth.

The Statistics
Every Day 7000 US students leave high school never to return.
During the school day, for 180 days per year, 1 student drops out every 9 seconds.
For every 20 students who receive a GED only one goes on for additional education.

The Impact


  • 30% of all federal inmates, 40% of state prison inmates and 50% of all death row inmates did not complete high school.
  • Raising high school graduation rates by 1% would save the US 1.4 Billion annually in crime related costs.


  • High school graduates earn up to 322,000 more over the course of their lifetime than those who dropped out.  College graduates earn up to 1.3 million dollars more.
  • US department of Labor estimates 90% of new high growth, high wage jobs will require post-secondary education.
  • “The World has changed.  There will be no work for high school drop outs.”
    Dr. Robert Balfanz

“The emergence of a green economy will lead to a new generation of jobs, as well as the eventual transformation of traditional occupations across many industry sectors.”
Kathy Krepcio, Executive Director, The John L. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, at Rutgers University.