Update #1 ·

What percent of kids growing up in poverty graduate college by the age of 24?

  • 25% (11% people answered this)
  • 63% (5% people answered this)
  • 8% (82% people answered this)
  • 40% (0% people answered this)

17 people answered.


Correct answer is: 8%

Millions of children growing up in poverty lack access to a high-quality education. As a result, just 8 percent of kids from low-income communities will graduate college by the time they are 24, compared with 80 percent of kids from more affluent areas.


<p></p><p>All kids, no matter where they live, deserve access to a great education. We know this is possible. It takes committed leaders in our classrooms today who will continue to fight for students tomorrow. </p> <p>Today, over 15 million children grow up in poverty, and only 8% will graduate college by age 24. As a state, California is ranked 48th in academic performance; and in San Francisco, only 14% of African American students finish high school on time, while in the South Bay, Palo Alto High School's graduation rate is 99.4%.</p> <p>Teach For America is a growing movement of leaders focused on ensuring all kids, no matter their zip code, get an excellent education. We recruit and train exceptional recent graduates and professionals, known as corps members, to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community. Through the experience of succeeding with their students corps members gain added conviction that educational inequity is a solvable problem, a better understanding of the problem in all its complexity, and insights into the solutions. Then, as alumni leaders shaped by their corps experience they work as veteran teachers, school leaders, political leaders, and across all sectors to effect the fundamental changes necessary to achieve educational opportunity for all. </p> <p>By donating to Teach For America – Bay Area &nbsp;you are helping us bring new leaders into this work; leaders that will impact 80 students each day; leaders that will work hard to ensure that all kids in San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose receive a quality education.</p><p></p>

The Bay Area is not immune to poverty. Communities in East Oakland and in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point have poverty rates over 35 percent. Unfortunately, kids growing up in low-income communities often lack access to the high-quality education they deserve. This not only limits students' life opportunities, but families, communities, and our nation as a whole suffer when vast numbers of children fall behind academically.

Teach For America - Bay Area is playing a role in eliminating this injustice by recruiting, developing, and supporting leaders committed to creating change. These individuals begin their path with a two-year commitment to teach in low-income school public schools in the Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, and San Jose. During this time they are called corps members. Deeply affected by their experience in the classroom, after two years, they join our alumni network and continue to advocate for students from many different roles in education and other fields.

Watch the video (above) for an inspiring story showcasing how education transforms lives.

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