Community partners presenting an Education Report to the Portland City Council, outlining progress on the goal of increasing the graduation rate and doubling the post-secondary matriculation rates for Portland youth. The Portland City Council has made unprecendented investments in these efforts, and those investments are paying off.
Of the Future Connect scholars who started at Portland Community College last fall, 87 percent continued on to the winter term. The City's investment in Cradle to Career levereged an additional $727,000 for the effort. And more than 1,750 students participated in Summer Youth Connect last year, with 94 percent of them reporting that they feel more motivated to graduate after participating.
A strengthened approach to promoting the future or our youth:
-Elevated attention to more accurate data that shows us the truth about graduation rates and the alarming need for action
-Targeted support to youth as they enter high school through programs like Summer Youth Connect’s Ninth Grade Counts
-Continued investment despite the down economy in programs that work such as SUN, SEI, NAYA Family Center
-Recognition that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work and continued targeted supports are a must from Cradle to Career
-Increased incentives that show if youth do graduate there are options on the other end like Future Connect
Featured in the video:
Kali Ladd, Preston Pulliams, Josh Laurie, Victoria Rodriguez, Sarah Mensah, Heather Ficht, CJ Read, John Bier, Sharon Webster, Amanda Fritz, Nick Fish, Randy Leonard, Dan Saltzman, and Mayor Sam Adams.
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