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Dropout Nation: one in four students leave every year

Dropout Nation: one in four students leave every year

It is estimated that one in four young people drop out of high school each year and this represents a significant impediment to their own future happiness, health and success and a challenge to the ongoing development of an innovative and productive American workforce.

This recently releasedreport from the Social Science Research Councilshows high levels of disconnection amongst youth aged 16-24 from study OR work in 25 major metro areas.

These reports by the Innovation Trail team are part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen; a multi-year public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis.

The American Graduate project brings together more than 60 public media stations around the country in an initiative  to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success.

A forum and community conversation about the dropout crisis in Rochester, N.Y. will be held at WXXI's Studios, 280 State Street, Rochester from 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept 24.

To be part of the studio audience call (585) 258-0252.

PBS Frontline will air a special "Dropout Nation", airing at 9:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD.