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College and Career Ready

College and Career Ready is a regional investment priority aligned with our child well-being efforts to create a clear path for youth to be successful in high school and graduate ready for higher education and high-growth careers.

Improve the lives of children, families and communities today.
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The Research Tells Us

$16B

Under skilled youth cost businesses and colleges as much as $16 billion annually in lost productivity, income and remedial expenses.

60%

By 2025, 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require some college education.

3 in 10

In Greater Atlanta communities with low child well-being, about 37 percent of high school students have the financial means and pre-requisites to enter college and graduate—that’s compared to more than 70 percent in communities with high child well-being.

Four Strategies

With a clear understanding of the roles and resources each sector brings to the table, we are investing in four strategies that offer the highest potential to improve college and career readiness in communities with low child well-being scores.

Improve academic outcomes by ensuring youth have quality afterschool and summer experiences that foster academic outcomes, leadership development and planning for future careers.

Other Investment Priorities

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Strong Learners is a regional investment priority aligned with our child well-being efforts to improve educational outcomes for children by addressing the factors beyond school that often get in the way of success, like early learning opportunities, supports outside of school, health and financial stability of families.

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Economic Stability is a regional investment priority aligned with our child well-being efforts to improve job skills and also addresses other factors like health costs, housing or financial education that will ensure families are able to convert increased income into wealth.

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Brighter Future directly addresses regional disparities and focuses on improving conditions in a select set of neighborhoods in South DeKalb, South Fulton and Clayton Counties – all areas with low child well-being scores.

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