In CRCSD in 2019, only 82% of all students graduated in 4 years; only 73% of African American students graduated. (educateiowa.gov)
Each HS drop out costs the community nearly $300,000 in services, crime, etc. over their life span (Graduation Alliance, 2017).
Through provision of quality services, EYI will:
- Increase the graduation rate of Cedar Rapids youth.
- Reduce the number living in poverty as adults.
- Reduce crime and the number of juveniles in the criminal justice system.
- Reduce the cost of services on the community.
- Improve physical and mental health and overall quality of life.
In its inaugural 2021-22 school year, EYI is serving:
- High school students from any of the Cedar Rapids Community School District high schools - Jefferson, Kennedy, Metro, and Washington - who are at risk of school failure or drop-out.
- Young people under 21 who have already dropped out of high school but now have a goal of getting a high school diploma or equivalency.
In future academic years, EYI plans to expand its services to youths at risk of school failure or drop out in:
- Grades 6-8 in all middle schools in the CRCSD.
- All elementary schools in the CRCSD, starting at age 7.