Over the past several years, there has been research indicating that every twenty-six seconds a student drops out of high school. Several programs have been implemented among schools and communities to reduce the drop out rate, such as State Farm’s program, 26 Seconds and America’s Promise Alliance program, Grad Nation. Both programs work to decrease the drop out rate among students in high schools across the country, and to increase their graduation rate. Grad Nation is also a part of an annual competition among the United States known as 100 Best Communities for Young People. This program was created in 2006 to recognize high achieving communities for their efforts of maintaining a safe and academically successful environment for students.
America’s Promise Alliance has this year listed Columbia, Missouri as one of the 100 best communities for young people! Columbia was placed as one of the best communities across the country, because of the maintenance of the Five Promises, as well as the continuous increase in graduation rates. (Columbia’s graduation rate among public high schools is currently 88.9 percent, which is higher than the national average of about 70.5 percent.) The winners of the competition were selected by a panel of judges, including business and nonprofit leaders. Each winning community receives a $2,500 grant to help fund local programs or services.
-CPPS Intern, Jada Winchester