Why Each Opportunity Matters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_agm2ZTVqC4

With over 9,000 students enrolled in Fayetteville Public Schools, we are given 9,000 opportunities to make a difference. We believe that every opportunity offered to each student is equally important and this video from Northwest Arkansas’s United Way describes why.

Statistics referenced in the video:

1. 61% of low income kids live with no children’s books in their home (NATIONAL) – Children’s Literacy Foundation, Research, 1996. http://clifonline.org/resources/resea…

2. “Jamie” has fallen behind by 12-14 months by kindergarten (NATIONAL) – The Council of Chief State School Officers, A Quiet Crisis: The Urgent Need to Build Early Childhood Systems and Quality Programs for Children Birth to Age Five, 2009. http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/2009/P…

3. 30% of low income students are reading below their level in 3rd grade (STATE) – Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, A Call to Action, 2012. http://www.ar-glr.net/resources/grade…

4. 56,000 Arkansas children are living without health insurance (STATE) – Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count Data Center, Children Without Health Insurance, 2011.http://www.datacenter.kidscount.org/d…

5. 1 in 4 Northwest Arkansas children are living in poverty (LOCAL) – Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids County Data Center, Population Under 18 by Race, 2012. http://www.datacenter.kidscount.org/d…(Population under 18)
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids County Data Center, Children Under 18 Living in Poverty, 2012.http://www.datacenter.kidscount.org/d… (Poverty under 18)

6. 50% of our homeless are children (LOCAL) – University of Arkansas, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, Community Fact Sheet 15: Counting NWA’s Homeless: Preliminary Results from the 2013 Homeless Census, 2013.http://sociology.uark.edu/Factsheet15…

7. 27% of Northwest Arkansas children are at risk of going to bed hungry tonight (LOCAL) – Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap, 2009-2012. http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-…

8. 17% of the Northwest Arkansas population doesn’t have a high school diploma (LOCAL) – Northwest Arkansas Council, Data Summary NWA, 2013. http://www.nwacouncil.org/pages/data-…

9. Low-income students are 7 times more likely to drop out on school (NATIONAL) – DoSomething.org, 11 Facts About Education and Poverty in America, 2009. https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-…

10. 90% of job opportunities are lost if “Jamie” drops out of school (NATIONAL) – DoSomething.org, 11 Facts About Dropping Out, 2014. https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-…

11. 31% Chance of “Jamie” ending up in poverty if he drops out (NATIONAL) – DoSomething.org, 11 Facts About Education and Poverty in America, 2011. https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-…

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