Why EYI is Needed

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).

How EYI will Benefit Youths & Community

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.