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Ensuring Disconnected Young Men of Color Graduate High School Ready for College and Career is one section of the “Opportunity Youth Playbook: A Guide to Reconnecting Boys and Young Men of Color to Education and Employment.”
A high-school diploma or credential is an essential step on a young person’s path to gainful employment and a successful future. In today’s economy, a high-school credential is no longer enough to ensure a family-sustaining wage. However, the auxiliary benefits, compared to those who do not graduate from high school, are undeniable. Young people who graduate from high school have better overall health and a longer life expectancy, are less likely to become involved with the juvenile justice system, and are more likely to vote and volunteer.