FOCUS - Reducing School Dropout Rates through Mentoring Programs

You may be surprised to learn that only seven in ten students in the United States actually finish high school. This statistic drops to six in ten among Hispanic, African-American and Native American students.


Furthermore, high school dropouts cost our country more than $300 billion a year in lost wages, taxes and productivity and can lead to an increase in crime, homelessness and substance abuse.


On this episode of Focus, Kathy Lehr talks with Simone Bess and Khalilah Slater Harrington about how mentoring a student can enrich the lives of the student, as well as, help to reduce school dropout rates. They will also discuss how helping children stay in school can impact our economy, healthcare costs, workforce and global competitiveness in the very near future.



For additional information about Greater Cincinnati’s commitment to the American Graduate Project:


Phone: 211 (United Way Hotline)

For additional information about Cincinnati Youth Collaborative:


Phone: 513-475-4165

27 minutes
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Location Recorded: 
CET Studios