The Cost

The M.U.S.T. Mentor Program is important because high school dropouts are costly.  It is estimated that a high school dropout will cost the country an average of $600,000 over the course of their lifetime in healthcare, welfare, criminal justice costs, and lost taxes.  While dropouts compose only 20% of the overall population they make up 75% of state prisons and commit 75% of crimes in the US.  Graduates, on the other hand, are less likely to engage in criminal behavior or receive social services.  They also vote more and are more socially engaged.  Quality mentoring yields a proven 3:1 investment return so one excellent way to help keep the economy on its corrective course is to prevent high school students from dropping out.

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Net Lifetime Fiscal Contribution: http://www.northeastern.edu/clms/wp-content/uploads/High-School-Dropouts-in-Chicago-and-Illinois.pdf
Cost of HS Dropout: http://www.northeastern.edu/clms/wp-content/uploads/The_Consequences_of_Dropping_Out_of_High_School.pdf

groupThe mission of MUST is to find responsible African American men in their early to mid 20s to help spring kids free from the hardest generational cycles of poverty through long-term mentoring. Ideally, Mentees will go to college locally and become a paid Mentor to other young men coming through the Mentoring Program. Past Mentees who become Mentors will help clear many of the daunting hurdles that stand in the way of finishing college. Current Mentees interacting with past Mentees who are in college will provide a wonderful support system and encouragement that a college degree is attainable.

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