The Issue: Dropout Rate Among LA High School Students
In the L.A. Unified School District alone, 20,000 students show up on the official potential dropout list every year. High-school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, live in poverty, receive public assistance, and go to prison, according to data provided by The Attendance Improvement Program of the L.A. Unified School District. By encouraging students to stay in school and rewarding good attendance, they are more likely to graduate and go on to live successful lives.
The Campaign: Rewarding Students for School Attendance
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by The Attendance Improvement Program of the Los Angeles Unified School District to take students on a field trip to Los Angeles-area creek with the Heal the Bay program and feed them a healthy lunch. Each $10 donation will enable one student who has either demonstrated a commitment to attending school or shown major improvements to go on the field trip. At the creek, students will act as a field scientist for the day and experience the thrill of watching science come to life.
The Attendance Improvement Program of the L.A. Unified School District
Working with one high-school student at a time, The Attendance Improvement Program of the L.A. Unified School District’s licensed social workers seek to dissuade at-risk students from dropping out of school before its too late. Understanding that attendance issues are often an indicator of larger problems, the counselors work directly with students and parents to get to the root of the issues and convince them that attending school every day and earning a diploma pays off in the long run. For further incentives, they also reward students who show attendance improvement with events such as afterschool movies, field trips, and drawings. Through their reward program, the staff also aims to inspire students to pursue careers in science and technology, fields in which the minorities groups that make up the majority of L.A. Unified School District’s students are underrepresented.
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