African- American male youth are falling behind in learning; the achievement gap is alarming. In the past eight years we have narrowed the Gap by 5 points, which means that it will take 258 years to close the gap. The question: is education our modern day civil rights issue? 39 percent of our youth are reading below grade level and 28 percent are at the correct grade level.
African- American males represent the largest segment of at risk youth
- African- American males ages 10-17 represent an estimated 15% of the juvenile population, however they account for 26% of juveniles arrested and represent 45% of delinquency cases involving detention
- African- American males in California have a 54% graduation rate vs. white students 78% graduation rate.
- US African- American male graduate rate is 47% vs. white males graduating at a 78% rate, a 31% difference
- Every 29 seconds another student gives up on school, resulting in more than one million American high school students who drop out every year
- Nearly one-third of all public high school students—and nearly one half of all African- Americans, fail to graduate from public high school with their class
- There are nearly 2,000 high schools in the U.S. where 40 percent of the typical freshman class leaves school by its senior year
- The dropout problem is likely to increase substantially through 2020 unless significant improvements are made
- Dropouts are more likely than high school graduates to be unemployed, in poor health, living in poverty, on public assistance, and single parents with children who drop out of high school
- Dropouts earn $9,200 less per year than high school graduates and more than $1 million less over a lifetime than college graduates
- Dropouts were more than twice as likely as high school graduates to slip into poverty in a single year and three times more likely than college graduates to be unemployed in 2004
- Dropouts are more than eight times as likely to be in jail or prison as high school graduates
- Dropouts are four times less likely to volunteer than college graduates, twice less likely to vote or participate in community projects, and represent only 3 percent of actively engaged citizens in the U.S. today.
As we embark on the journey to make a difference in the lives of African-American male youth, we realize that there is a long journey ahead. We aim to empower our African-American male youth by helping them establish goals, and setting a timeline to achieve those goals. ACE aims to create responsible men of integrity, and act as catalysts for the dreams and aspirations of the young men involved with the program.
Many times an individual is influenced by someone who believes in them more than they believe in themselves That is why ACE believes it is important that our youth are associated with positive, mature, and caring people who can help them progress in life. Be part of the organization that is striving to reverse the SITUATION……ACE!
Source: The Schott 50 State Report on public Education and Black Males 2010 and Right Mind US 2009