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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January Reach Out: Give a Boost to Students on the Edge

According to a report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University released earlier this year, almost 6.2 million students in the USA between the ages of 16 and 24 dropped out of high school in 2007. That's 16 percent of the population in the United States at that time.

BoostUp.org is dedicated to helping high school students graduate through positive reinforcement. By simply offering words of encouragement, you can boost the spirits of others and help them succeed.

BoostUp states that "approximately 7,000 high school students drop out every school day, which translates to one in three students." Let's help to change those numbers by offering positive feedback and support to our friends, family members, and others in the community. Go to http://www.boostup.org to send a boost to any of the students profiled there or to anyone you know.

One of the television spots for BoostUp features President Obama:


Little Willow said...

It's a great cause to support. Let's help them out and spread the word, readers.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks for drawing our attention to this, LW!

Melissa Walker said...

The stats are ASTOUNDING and disturbing!

Beth Kephart said...

I sadly had no idea that the situation was this intense. Thanks for bringing it to the fore.

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