Why Education Matters

In Calgary, 3,000 youth do not complete high school on time each year.

Together we can change this.

Calgary has a high demand for skilled workers that increases with our expanding economy. To be successful, all youth need the right education to build their own bright futures and become leaders in our city.

24%

PERCENTAGE OF ALBERTA'S STUDENTS WHO DON'T FINISH SCHOOL ON TIME

38%

PERCENTAGE OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WHO DON'T GO ON TO FURTHER EDUCATION

Calgary's future social and economic success relies on the next generation.
$15850

Estimated annual cost per high school dropout

6%

Percentage of jobs open to individuals with no high school certification

65%

Estimated number of future jobs that will require post-secondary training

100000

Number of unfilled jobs in Alberta by the year 2017

Why do youth drop out?

Youth face multiple challenges that can get in the way of their education including:

Poverty

10% of Alberta children live in poverty.

Lack of Positive Supports

14% of Alberta families are single parent families.

Mental Health

20% of youth experience mental illness.

Language Barriers

25% of Calgary students are English language learners.

By supporting youth and removing barriers to success, young Calgarians have the opportunity to reach their potential. High school drop outs often face challenges and barriers throughout their lives, including:
Reduced Earning Potential
Reliance on Social Assistance
Civic Disengagement
Involvement in Justice System
Poor Health
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