Forgotten Youth: Re-Engaging Students Through Dropout Recovery

The Rennie Center’s new policy brief, Forgotten Youth: Re-Engaging Students Through Dropout Recovery, explores effective strategies for re-engaging and re-enrolling youth who leave school before graduating. Research shows that out-of-school youth frequently want to return to school, but lack the knowledge or means to do so. One promising remedy may be to create dropout recovery programs outside of traditional school settings that specialize in meeting and overcoming the challenges faced by out-of-school youth, and providing returning students with an appropriate menu of educational options to lead to a high school diploma or equivalent. To highlight different dropout recovery models across the country, the Rennie Center has created an online tool. Below is an interactive map providing information on dropout recovery programs designed to address the unique needs of out-of-school youth by: maintaining a focus on students’ future after high school; allowing individualized and flexible academic programs; taking a needs-based and supportive approach; and integrating/linking to community organizations. This map offers examples of how communities across the country are using dropout recovery as a strategy to increase the graduation rate.



Please note: The map is meant to serve as a tool to learn more about dropout recovery. The information provided is not meant to be an exhaustive categorization of all dropout recovery programs; rather, it highlights some programs as examples. All data therein is publicly available from individual program websites and U.S. Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. The Rennie Center did not perform any analysis on this data. Additional information was gathered from the following source: Martin, N. and Halperin, S. (2006). Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Re-Connecting Out-of-School Youth. Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum. Retrieved from: