Youth Are Prepared for Career Opportunities

In Lucas County, approximately 12 percent of the population above the age of 25 do not hold a high school degree. Less than one quarter of the population hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Research shows a correlation between higher levels of education and higher earnings for all racial/ethnic groups and for both men and women. Higher levels of education also correspond to lower levels of unemployment and poverty.

The vast majority of jobs in the United States are available only to high school graduates. According to the America’s Promise Alliance, nearly 90 percent of all jobs will require at least a high school diploma by 2020, and two-thirds of jobs will require some form of postsecondary education.

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership — bringing together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and ordinary citizens behind the idea of making the promise of America accessible to all young people.

Click here to learn more about America’s Promise.

While a high school diploma is not a guarantee of success, failure to complete high school is a devastatingly accurate predictor of lifelong struggle and unrealized human potential.

Giving babies a good start, providing quality early childhood education so that kids are ready to learn by the time they start kindergarten, ensuring that kids are reading at appropriate levels by the third grade, and understanding math by the fifth grade are all prerequisites for a successful learning experience. By establishing the correct foundation for our kids to learn and to support them in their quest to graduate from high school, we are launching them into the world with the skills and capabilities they need to be successful.

Aspire receives support through a grant from America’s Promise Alliance.  In April 2016 we conducted a community summit to support America’s Promise GradNation campaign, which seeks to attain a 90% graduation rate nationally by 2020.   Click here for more information on GradNation.

Photos from GradNation Summit at East Toledo Family Center