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At-Risk In-School Youth and Adults
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At-Risk 

Adverse Conditions And Unfortunate Life Circumstances
That Create Barriers To Career Prosperity  


Four membership divisions, each serving pearls at different stages of career development.

The term "at-risk" means something different in each division.      





At-Risk High School Pearls
Risk Factors: Lack of Career Counseling, Lack of Career Guidance, Lack of Career Planning, Lack of College Planning, No Career Success Strategy, Lack of Mentors, Poverty-Level Income, Crime-Related Activities, Family Issues, Exposure To Violence or Abuse

 2016
  Graduation Rate for Whites - 88%
  Graduation Rate for Blacks  - 76%  
  12th Grade Reading Score for Whites - 298
  12th Grade Reading Score for Blacks  - 266  
  City Schools Counseling Ratio - 499 to 1
  Recommended Counseling Ratio - 250 to 1



PWP serves low-income high school students who are also at a higher risk of poor outcomes because of their environment and negative life circumstances.  For PWP, the term at-risk youth refers to the following factors and circumstances.  





Living In Poverty

According to this forum (a collection of 23 federal agencies), children (up to 17 years old) who live in poverty are vulnerable to environmental, educational, health and safety risks. Compared with their peers, children living in poverty are likely to have more cognitive, behavioral, socioemotional difficulties. "Throughout their lifetimes, they are more likely to complete fewer years of school, and experience more years of unemployment."  






Exposure To Violence or Abuse

Research shows that exposure to violence, whether as victims or witnesses, can have adverse consequences for normal and healthy development including mental and physical health problems, poor academic performance, delinquent and antisocial behavior. This includes domestic violence and family abuse.








Crime or Criminal Activities

Research shows that youth who have been involved with the juvenile justice system are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school, or their academic achievement level is below the grade equivalent for their age, or have a history of truancy or grade retention, or live in a high crime zip code.







Parenting and Home Life Issues

Research shows that youth from single parent families are more likely to become involved with gangs, join gangs or be influenced by gang members. Youth with an incarcerated parent are likely to have been impacted in negative ways impacting  mental health, social behavior and educational prospects, and are likely to have been exposed to drugs and family violence.  



At-Risk College Pearls
Risk Factors: Family Responsibilities, Work/Job Obligations, Lack of Financial Support or Resources, Lack of Parental Support, Need For Remedial Courses. According to many national studies, a high percentage of college students are at-risk.  

 Type College Time Lapse  Status   %
 2-Year College  6 Yrs After Enrollment  Not Enrolled, No Credential  46% 
 4-Year College  6 Yrs After Enrollment Completed Bachelor's Degree  59% 
Earned Associate's Degree  8% 
Enrolled Somewhere Else  11% 
Not Enrolled, No Credential  22% 


At-Risk College Pearl Statistics
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

National Study, Published April 2017




College Pearls At-Risk
Many college students are at-risk of not earning their degree for financial reasons

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62% of African-American students do not complete their intended degree within 6 years
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At-Risk Breakthrough Pearls
Working Adults Under 30 Years Old

 
Risk Factors
 • Lack of a Career Vision  
 • Lack of Needed Career Skills
 • Lack of Job Satisfaction
 • Lack of Purpose or Meaning (Unfulfilled)
 • Lack of Growth and Development

Lack of Purpose, Failure To Keep a Job, Lack of Skills


 Learning New Skills Is One Important Reason For 
Improved Job Retention and Satisfaction



 
 

At-Risk Pearls For Life
Working Adults 30 Years Old and Older

 Disengaged      
 • Dissatisfied  
 • Disappointed 
 • Discouraged 


Not Engaged At Work 

Often Unwilling To Go The Extra Mile
Lack of Emotional Commitment  
Values, Aspirations not aligned With Employer

Failure To Engage = Negative Impact On Ability To Prosper

Job Dissatisfaction
Being or Feeling Underpaid
Not Really Interested In The Work Performed
Poor Relationship With Supervisor or Manager

Disappointment
Company Promises Not Kept
Company Expectations Not Fulfilled
Not Growing Personally or Professionally
Stuck In A Rut

Discouraged
Not Recognized For Accomplishments or Suggestions
Not Appreciated For Loyalty or Contributions
Not Offered Promotional Opportunities