SET ASIDE YOUR PRECONCEPTIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS

Understanding the experiences of young people who leave high school before graduation

Don’t Call Them Dropouts

A report from America’s Promise Alliance and its Center for Promise at Tufts University

Please set aside your preconceptions and assumptions about young people who don’t finish high school. Fight the instinct to reach for quick solutions. Just listen hard and try to understand their experience and perspective.

Young people who don’t finish high school have few avenues for sharing their stories with adults, school professionals, community leaders, and policymakers. The goal of this report is to change that — to raise up the voices of young people who have not graduated from high school so that we all gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and choices they face.

Don’t Call Them Dropouts
Understanding the experiences of young people who leave high school before graduation
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