'Don't Quit on Me' highlights importance of adult relationships with youth

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America's Promise Alliance

A new report released Wednesday from America’s Promise Alliance further confirms the old addage of “It takes a village to raise a child.”

The latest report “Don’t Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say about the Power of Relationships” is a follow-up to its 2014 report “Don’t Call Them Dropouts.”

“We found that relationships are powerful vehicles for growth, particularly for young people living in challenging conditions,” said John Gomperts, president & CEO of America’s Promise.  “And yet, too many young people don’t have enough access to relationships with stable, caring adults who can help them get what they need to stay on track toward graduation. Relationship poverty is not a lack of love or family, but a lack of access to additional sources of support that can lead to a more promising future.”

The report highlights the importance of adults being the key driver of support for helping to improve national high school graduation rates.

Furthermore, it points to four key findings:

  • Young people face several hurdles in attempting to graduation high school.
  • Relationships are important but varies by type, source and intensity of support.
  • Social supports from multiple sources are important, but those with the greatest need even more support than what family, school and friends.
  • Young people thrive when connected to a supportive network.

For American Graduate, this ties back to the importance of a champion in the lives of youth.

Learn how you can recognize a champion in your life and community on our American Graduate Champions page.

To read the full report, click here. To learn even more about “Don’t Quit on Me” report, visit the GradNation website.