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Educational success changes the lives of our children!


October is ‘National Dropout Prevention Month’ and as a community, we hear too often about high school dropouts. We are kept up to date on how and when they become a threat to society and leave a negative impact on economy, but we are not knowledgeable as to why? This month is a great time to resound the alarm and bridge the community and school gap. We do know they are troubled youth and need guidance and services. It’s time we include them in our annual budgets and share funding’s and innovative programs to find the WHY.

Communities collaborating with the schools as a resourceful tool is the connecting key. Schools need accountability from elected officials, city economic developers, business owners, bankers, churches, and other organizations to be the change. Investing in high school students is a continuous engagement and involvement. They need housing assistance, college and career preparation; job and college fairs; scholarships and grant submission assistance; finance training to build up credit and positive use of credit cards and mentor programs. A conversation to start the groundwork is now.

Education has changed forever in this COVID World, and the students are facing even more challenges to break through barriers. It is our social responsibility to increase the pipeline that leads to becoming productive citizens. The work is hard, but the outcome is great. Making high school dropouts a priority will make a difference in our youth’s success. We can’t give up or give in. We must stand up against dropouts. Contact your local school and get involved today.

Be the Voice: Be the Change!

Dona Mitchell

President, IATDP

Return to School


Return to School

“With the start of a new school year, a lot needs to happen so that students can learn and thrive without raising the risk of spreading COVID-19. The goal of having children attend school in person — which is how they learn best — will only be safe when a community has the spread of the virus under control.