"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is JUST A DROP IN THE OCEAN. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." – Mother Teresa
CYC started one of the first programs in the U.S. to actively track out-of-school youth in a systematic way and give them a second chance through education.
CYC’s Reengagement program (formerly Dropout Outreach and Recovery) engages youth who have already dropped out of high school. To assist in this process, the reengagment team contacts students that have dropped out and educates them on the importance of a high school diploma, offers information on school and GED programs that may be a better fit than their previous school, works to eliminate the barriers to educational engagement, and helps with the enrollment process. Reengagement staff members continue to support youth for an entire year after reenrollment to promote accountability and in-school advocacy.
- 690 students were served by the Reengagement Program last year
- 451 students enrolled back into school or GED program
- 99 students graduated with a GED or diploma
- 68.5 percent of supported students ended the year with a positive outcome: continued enrollment or graduated with a high school diploma or GED certificate