Financial Statistics

Estimated Social ROI for MUST = 7.84
Estimated lifetime value of MUST so far = $3.6M

There are three good studies that show how much society benefits if a youth goes from dropping out of high school to graduating, or being established in a career after high school, or doing some college, graduating college or getting a masters degree. All three studies show the lifetime benefit to society (justice system, welfare, healthcare… etc). Since there are three studies we can have a fairly accurate measurement. A conservative projection of MUST youth who have been in the program at least one year (freshman are too young to estimate their future) shows that MUST has a social ROI (return on investment) of 9.5. For every $1 you donate to MUST it benefits the community $8.25 in social costs. A conservative estimate of how much MUST has saved society is $3.8 million.
Study #1 2010-6-29Final-FiscalConsequencesDroppingoutofHSinLAMetroArea November-2011-High-School-Dropout-Paper The-Consequences-of-Dropping-out-of-high-school
Study #2 November-2011-High-School-Dropout-Paper
Study #3 The-Consequences-of-Dropping-out-of-high-school

3:1 Return on Investment for Mentoring
Youth Intervention Social Return Full Report

$600,000 – Estimated Cost of One High School Dropout
The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth

Economic Impact of Education

Mentoring Statistics

Positive Outcomes from Mentoring
The Mentoring Effect Full Report

Graduation Rates

Washington State Graduation Rates

Drug Related Statistics

Whites use drugs at a slightly greater rate than blacks
Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rates of Drug Use at the State Level

Blacks are MUCH more likely to be imprisoned for drug use and sales

Rates of Drug Conviction at the State Level

Whites do the Crime, Blacks do the Time

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander