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Why Disconnection Matters

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Disconnected Youth are:

  • Nearly twice as likely to live in poverty.

  • Nearly four times as likely to have left high school without a diploma.

  • More than four times as likely to have a child as their connected counterparts (girls and young women).

  • Costing taxpayers $93 billion annually and $1.6 trillion over their lifetimes in lost revenues and increased social services.


Disconnected Youth miss:

  • Opportunities to gain knowledge and skills.

  • Opportunities to build diverse social networks.

  • Opportunities to build social capital.

  • Opportunities to share their gifts talents to their community and to the world.

Statistics from:

A Decade Undone: 2021 Update. New York: Measure of America, Social Science Research Council, 2021.

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