CYC Facts

Cincinnati's Youth

  • Each year, more than 24,000 young people drop out of high school in Ohio, according to the Ohio Education Research Center
  • According to a 2008 study from University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center for Education and Research, each year’s new “class” of dropouts in Ohio cost taxpayers $4,390 per dropout, or $548 per individual Ohio taxpayer.
  • For African-American and Hispanic students, the graduation rate is 71%
  • The national high school graduation rate is 80%
  • Among students who do graduate, one-third need remedial courses in college and far too few go on to earn a college degree

Portrait of a Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Student

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative students face serious risk factors that can impede their academic success including:

  • Past repetition of a grade
  • Excessive absences
  • Low income
  • No active parent involvement
  • Incarcerated parent
  • Pregnancy
  • A parent who did not graduate
  • Homelessness
  • Record of involvement with the law
  • Major disciplinary problems.

Data proves that graduation rates among this population are significantly lower than the average rate.

Turning 14 in Cincinnati, an in-depth article from the Cincinnati Enquirer, paints a vivid picture of the obstacles face by the average CYC student. 

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