Why Tied to Greatness™ Now?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011, for the first time in history, the majority of babies born in the U.S. were babies of color. Thus, in the not too distant future, the viability of our country’s communities, labor force and democracy will largely be shaped and predicated on the opportunities we provide for those children.
How are we, as a country, doing?
Nationally, only 52% of Black males and 58% of Latino males graduate from high school in four years, while 78% of White, non-Latino males graduate in four years.
In 38 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Black males have the lowest graduation rates among Black, Latino and White, non-Latino male and female students.
While states and districts have been able to provide supports to secure a timely high school diploma for over three-quarters of White, non-Latino males, only a little more than half of Black and Latino males were provided with the same supports.
(The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males)
Black and Hispanic students represent more than 70 percent of those involved in school-related arrests or referrals to law enforcement.
(Department of Education)
Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons.
(Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice)
85% of children who show behavioral disorders, 71% of high school dropouts and 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.
(The Boys Initiative)