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According to research conducted by Children At Risk (2012), students who drop out of High School often experience negative outcomes which not only affect the student, but it also affects the communities in which they live. Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and also from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texans without a High School diploma are three times more likely to land in prison, in comparison to Texans who graduated from High School. In fact, as much as 75% of students who drop out of High School are more likely to be unemployed and far more likely to be living in poverty than those who completed and graduated from High School (Growing Up In Houston, 2012).
The goal of completing High School is the first step to improving the future of our new generation, encouraging them and guiding those students to enroll and complete a higher education degree is our next challenge. In Fort Bend County alone, adults without a High School diploma had a median income of $20,487 per year, those with a High School diploma earned a median income of $30,214 and those who completed a college degree saw significant changes in their income averaging $62,315 as the median income for this group. High School drop-out rates have a significant impact in the future income of generations. Student Guidance Group aims to improve not only the High School drop-out rate, which is currently at 17.2% for Fort Bend County and at 23% for Harris County, but also to improve the rates of students continuing on and completing college (The Future of Fort Bend's Children, 2012).
We provide guidance and support to High School students who will become first-generation college students to help guide them and make educated decisions about their future after High School. We do this through:
(The Future of Fort Bend's Children, 2012)
To prepare career-minded students for college, so they can become greater contributors to their communities.
To help high school students who would be considered first generation college students going from High School into a community college and beyond. SGG will focus on promoting the fastest growing 100 careers of the next decade and will look for partnerships with ISDs and Community Colleges to create pathways from high school into college.