Families Living in Poverty

Child poverty in Durham is now 28%, with a 10% increase in less than 6 years.

Why It Matters

  • Children living in poverty experience increased absenteeism or leave school entirely because of the need to work to help care for family members.
  • Dropout rates of 16 to 24-years-old students from low income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes.
  • 86% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch

What We’re Doing About It

  • Meals and transportation assistance provided to students for all events and activities.
  • Creating student experiences to ignite interest and excitement in their community, and beyond, without the constraint of limited financial resources.
  • Financial literacy and savings programs paired with access to local and national matching funds for post-secondary education savings.
  • Our scholarship program provides up to $1,000 for books and tuition for every high school graduate pursuing post-secondary education.
  • Prioritizing siblings and family members when accepting students into our program. We believe the more people you touch in a family, the greater the impact.