Financial Statistics

After seven years of serving the most vulnerable youth in Seattle Public Schools MUST has an excellent success rate. 
HS Graduation Rates for Black Students: 
Seattle Public Schools 71% MUST 75%
Estimated Social ROI for MUST = 6.11
Estimated lifetime value of MUST so far = $6.8M

Net Lifetime Gain

The numbers in the chart above are averaged from three different studies measuring the net lifetime benefit to society as youth climb the education ladder. Moving a youth up just one level on the education scale benefits society hundreds of thousands of dollars. Students who drop out of high school will get jobs, but their reduced earning power means the taxes they pay over their lifetime and their overall contribution to society barely breaks even. Many dropouts will lean heavily on the justice system, welfare system and healthcare system. All three studies show that some college course work will improve a person’s career earning power and quality of life. The youth may not finish college, but even a little college experience is a great benefit and the opportunities that may follow make a significant positive impact. Obviously, MUST’s goal is to get every mentor to graduate college and as many youth finish college as possible. However, if youth make it to college but do not finish it is still a major win on many fronts. Using the figures above MUST can accurately measure our financial outcomes. Our social return on investment (SROI) is a solid 6.11 and our current overall benefit to society is $6.8 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

Seattle Public Schools Report Card

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

… however, 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

Incarceration Rates










In the 1980’s ‘the war on drugs’ was renewed. What resulted was an increase in incarcerations in the U.S. at an unprecedented scale.

Incarceration of Black Americans













The graph above shows that the U.S. incarcerates more African-American males than the entire prison populations (all races and genders) of Argentina, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Japan and England combined.