A high school diploma is not only the precursor to post-secondary enrollment; it sets youth up for better employment opportunities throughout their life. On average, high school graduates ages 25 and older earn $17,000 more annually than individuals without a high school degree. In Kenosha County, this is especially pronounced, as the employment/population ratio for 25- to 64-year-olds with a high school diploma or higher is 79%, whereas the employment/population ratio for those without a high school diploma is only 55%.
When young adults have better employment options, this ripples throughout the community: Those with at least a high school diploma usually have better health outcomes, their children have greater opportunity, and more money is available for businesses and government services.
Youth Voice, Participation, & Power
BOF’s Education, Career, & College Readiness work in 2021 focused on elevating student voice and inviting students to the table to provide valuable input. In Fall 2021, BOF worked with KABA and KUSD to secure spots at KABA’s annual Inspire event for more than 50 students from the African American Youth Initiative. At this event, students heard directly from Kenosha-native Jahmal Cole—an entrepreneur, community organizer, and social justice leader—who encouraged students to take self-responsibility, work hard, and be disciplined to reach their goals.
Learn more about our Youth Initiatives.
Education is the key that unlocks the door to future prosperity. Building Our Future wants to ensure that everyone in our community understands this and does their part to ensure our students are graduating high school ready to pursue higher education or begin their careers."
Education plays such a big role in forming children's views on life. Building Our Future has worked, first hand, with me and many of my peers. They remind us that we are capable, intelligent, and have the utmost potential to graduate and become successful and important parts of our community."
I am honored to be a part of Building Our future. Born and raised in this community and now working in this community. I take great pride in this network. This network is bringing together all entities of our community for the purpose of collectively improving the lives of all who dwell here. The network is made up of leaders from the business area, non-profit agencies, healthcare providers, educators, etc. all working together, aligning our efforts for the greater good."
For more data and analysis, visit https://www.buildingourfuturekc.org/high-school-completion1.html