The 100% Graduation Movement
Before the end of the 21st century, minorities will represent over 50 percent of the total United States population. In fact, it could be as early as 2042, according to the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau’s projections. While the country is making this transition, we face a great challenge to prepare this population to maintain our economic growth. Instead, we are currently spending hundreds of billions of tax dollars from federal and state aid to subsidize these communities, rather than create a higher concentrated labor ready workforce with more marketable skills to sustain themselves and support our economy. Many economists fear this situation, if not addressed today, with growing competition for jobs and services, along with increasing life spans, will cause harm to our nation’s financial and social stability for decades to come, by placing the burden onto today’s generation of middle-class workers and future retirees to support these type of communities-at a high risk of living below their living standards, or even worst, live in poverty themselves. Currently, 37 million U.S. citizens already live below the official poverty line, which ranks our country 24 out of 25, in developed nations.
The onus has to fall upon our nation’s educational system, our schools, and our universities to start protecting our interest and to better prepare today’s future workforce, especially minorities, from these poor communities for the country’s well-being in the new global marketplace in the 21st century. Our commitment and relentless mission is to reach as many young minority men across this nation to not only graduate from high school but to become self-sufficient towards helping better the infrastructure of our workforce, educational system, communities, and the nation. Our minority men are suffering more than any other group in this nation, due to the growing number of minority men incarcerated, living in poverty, becoming victims of violent crimes and not finishing their education.
The 100% Graduation Movement is a network, an institution, and a resource for all who desire to promote, implement, and have faith in decreasing the number of high school dropouts and increasing the number of graduates. Our society as a whole is being affected harshly. Many of our jobs are going to overseas foreigners, many of our young men never see institutions of higher learning, and many of the households in our nation are headed by single women with multiple siblings.
We deeply believe that if the objectives we have outlined for this campaign can be both understood and acted upon by institutions of higher education, our business leaders, and the people who have public responsibility in the matter, we could save the U.S. economy over several billion dollars a year by cutting the cost of adult and juvenile incarceration, public health care costs, and at the same time, increase tax revenues, and provide over 600,000 new high-skill workers into the U.S. workforce by 2020, and an additional 60,000 workers per year after that period.
To accomplish this task, we will co-host 36 forums throughout the country starting on January 20, 2011. The objective will include:
- A multi-media campaign to bring awareness to how to eliminate the problem.
- Increase our nation’s educational standards through partnerships with local business, community-service base organizations, and institutions of higher education.
- Establish the U.S. high school graduation rate to number 1 globally by 2025.