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 Male Students: 
Seattle Public Schools 73% MUST 81%
Estimated Social ROI for MUST = 7.71
Estimated lifetime value of MUST so far = $12.8dM

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 7.71 and our current overall benefit to society is $12.8 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

Incarceration Rates

Mass Incarceration of Americans

The War on Drugs: In the 1980s the ‘War on Drugs’ was renewed. The result was not rehabilitation but incarceration (graph above). The BIG business of prisons was born. The prison system does not rehabilitate, it feeds itself. Almost 44% of prisoners are arrested again within just one year ( Additionally, their kids and their kid’s kids are more likely to go to prison. It is a broken system that needs replacing. 



Incarceration Rates by Country: So how does the incarceration rate in the US compare to the rest of the world? The United States now incarcerates 655 people per every 100,000 individuals. As the graph shows, this incarceration rate dwarfs other developed countries and is literally ‘off the chart’. America’s total prison population is more than 7 times the total combined prison population of all the other countries on the list. 1 in 5 prisoners on the planet are in the U.S.. Each prisoner cost the nation $36,299.25 per year ($99.45 per day) in FY 2017. Again, incarceration is self feeding. 83% of prisoners are arrested again after 9 years ( Let’s starve that beast. Imagine if we could point those resources to prevention and true rehabilitation. It would change the face of our nation. Those resources could be used for counseling, job training, housing… etc. You and MUST are helping reverse the U.S. incarceration rate by helping MUST starve the beast. MUST serves the most vulnerable youth. They are the most vulnerable to dropping out of high school but also to being incarcerated. Only 7% of MUST youth are convicted of new crimes.

Incarceration Rates by Race 2020Are African-American Singled Out?: The graphic to the right shows that Whites are incarcerated at a rate of 218 per 100,000. Blacks, however, are incarcerated at a rate of 1,134 per 100,000. That is actually down from 2,261 per 100,000 in 2006. African Americans make up 13% of the overall population, but 34% of the prison population. In her excellent book, The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander points out that the U.S. incarceration rate of black males (1,134 per 100,000) is a higher incarceration rate than South Africa had at the height of apartheid (851 per 100,000). Prison is a wrecking ball in a family for generations. Incarcerated African-American males means youth are robbed of their fathers and the cycle continues. Fatherless children are more prone to obesity, juvenile justice involvement, gang involvement, mental health issues, poor school performance, poverty, homelessness and substance abuse (2017 US Census Bureau). It also means fathers are removed from the voting process in our country. The very people who are most oppressed have the smallest voice toward change. 


The Police

Incarceration Rates by Country

Police officers in America, and citizens, would all be better served by further job training for officers. The first chart above shows the average number of training hours for different occupations. Police officers receive far less training than Barbers, Cosmetologist and other skilled trade professionals. These facts are not meant to speak poorly about these other industries but rather highlight the inadequacies of the training our police receive. Police carry multiple weapons, have to deal with issues like mental illness and domestic violence. 21 weeks of training is not nearly enough.

Size of Police Force by Country

The size of America’s police departments is average when compared to other developed countries. Our training is the issue.

Training Hours of Police Force by Country

The second chart to the left shows the average number of months of training for officers in founding NATO countries. Seattle Police are paid $85K – $110K per year. That type of salary and the complexity of the job should require at least a two year degree. Police officers, and those they serve, will benefit greatly.

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