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While great work is under way across the region to ensure all
students are successful, far too many youth fall off track and need
support reconnecting to educational and economic opportunity.
In fall 2013, the Road Map Project launched a focus on
re-engaging "opportunity youth," or 16- to 24-year-olds
who are not connected to school or work. Our initial
estimates suggest there are at least 20,000 opportunity
youth in our region.
Tis work was catalyzed by the Aspen Forum on
Community Solutions, which recognized that the
Road Map Project's networks, data capacity and
collective momentum would position the region to
tackle the work necessary to help opportunity youth
find pathways to success.
However, to successfully address the needs of the
opportunity youth population, the Road Map Project
will have to flex new muscles, bring new partners to
the table, collect and use new data, and deepen our
understanding of systemic barriers and opportunities.
Understanding Our Opportunity
We arrived at 20,000 opportunity youth by estimating the
size of three groups of 16- to 24-year-olds in our region:
1. Youth who have dropped out of high school
2. Students who are still in high school but are
significantly off track to graduate
3. Young adults who completed high school but
did so underprepared for postsecondary
education or employment
Tis estimate, which was based on 2011-12 enrollment
records, will be further refined in the coming months,
with analyses of various sub-populations.
Not all youth are at the same risk of dropping out. Native
Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander students, Hispanic
and American Indian or Alaskan Native students have
drop-out rates around twice those of Asian and White
students. English language learners (ELL) and students
qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch drop out at
nearly twice the rate of non-ELL and higher-income
students, respectively. Homeless students drop out at
more than twice the rate of their non-homeless peers.
Students in foster care, special education students,
students who speak non-English languages at home and
males also experience higher drop-out rates.
The Work Going Forward
Our region's opportunity youth population is
significant. Tese young people have a complex set of
assets and challenges, and an array of programs and
services are being implemented and piloted to respond
to their needs. We have begun involving a broad
range of stakeholders in a data-grounded process of
understanding barriers and identifying strategies. Our
focus will be on actions that build on current capacity
and expertise, tackle systemic disconnects, respond to
timely policy opportunities and have the potential to
benefit as many youth as possible.
Working together, we can offer a set of high-quality
pathways designed to meet the needs of the many
different groups of young people who need to
reconnect to education and employment.
16- to 24-year-olds
are not connected
to school or work
An estimated 20,000
in the Road Map Project region.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of 2013 Annual Report
Table of Contents
Introduction: What is the Road Map Project?
The Need & Opportunity
The Results Report: Indicators & Targets
Healthy & Ready for Kindergarten
Supported & Successful In School
Graduate from High School College & Career-Ready
Earn a Cllege Degree or Career Credential
Road Map Project History
2013 Annual Report