Did you know that in Asheville and Buncombe County, children who live in poverty graduate from high school at a rate of 78% while their classmates graduate at a rate of more than 95%? While every student faces challenges, those who live in poverty must navigate significantly more obstacles in order to make it to graduation. And graduation is critical; every student that doesn’t faces a life filled with greater obstacles - impacting their long-term health and income and often determining whether or not they live in poverty the rest of their life.
What does it take to change their odds?
Think back to when you were in school. Who was there for you? Was it your family? A neighbor, a mentor or a teacher?
Each and every one of us can be that person for a local student if we just take a little bit of our time and invest it with a young person.