Providing free educational assistance to more than 40,000 of California’s most at-risk students each year, we’re creating tangible results that can be felt throughout the state. Every dropout we save contributes to a decreased risk of poverty, joblessness, state-dependence and crime, and increases our state’s workforce, taxable income, voting population and safety.
The implications are staggering — for every 10-percentage-point increase in our state’s graduation rate, California’s murder and assault rates will go down by about 20%, preventing 400 murders and more than 20,000 aggravated assaults each year¹.
We envision a safer, more prosperous California, and our educational model is lighting the way to achieve it. With an 86% success rate and the highest Academic Performance Index (API) scores and growth when compared to alternative schools in the same areas, we’re transforming dropouts into educated, productive members of society.
Before coming to Learn4Life, most of these students were on track to drop out of high school — now 43% of them are going on to post-secondary education.
EVERY DROPOUT SAVED IS
more likely to vote²
less likely to be unemployed³
more in taxes earned⁴
less likely to be incarcerated⁵
COMMUNITY IMPACTPutting students back into schools means putting money back into the state. Instead of creating a lifelong drain on public resources, the hundreds of thousands of dropouts we save go on to become productive, contributing members of society. These graduates are on track to breaking the generational chain of poverty, many as the first in their families to graduate with a high school diploma.
CHANGING THEIR STORIES FOR GOOD
“When a student turns in his or her final exam, we ring a bell to symbolize all of the challenges
they overcome to reach success. It’s a big moment of pride and an inspiration to all of the other
students to keep on going.”
– Brianne Blanton, teacher
“At graduation, we each gave a rose to an important person. I gave mine to my supervising teacher,
because she believed in me and convinced me to keep going — even when I wanted to quit.”
– Dasmond, student