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To achieve our mission and vision, the board of the 21st Century Collaboration has committed to the following goals:
In 2016, five years from now:
The HS graduation rate will be improved by 50%
The teen pregnancy rate will be improved by 50%
The unemployment rate will be improved by 50%
50% of community households will be reached with Health Literacy information
What We Want:
Increase graduation rates by 50%.
Why It’s Important:
To get the dollars: A high school drop-out earns $260,000 less over a lifetime than a high school graduate and is 72 percent more likely to be unemployed.  ~ The National Education Association
To get the opportunities: A high school diploma or GED is the minimum qualification needed to apply for most jobs in America.
Family Stability: A high school diploma is the first step towards gaining the ability to provide for your household.
Reduce juvenile delinquency and crime: Increases self-worth, self-esteem and provides the opportunity to gain employment, occupying youth during peak times that juvenile delinquency and crime occur.
What We Want:
Decrease teen pregnancy rates by 50%.
Why It’s Important:
Teen mothers are less likely to complete high school, (only one-third receive a high school diploma) and more likely to end up on welfare (nearly 80 percent of unmarried teen mothers end up on welfare).
The children of teenage mothers have lower birth weights, are more likely to perform poorly in school, and are at greater risk of abuse and neglect.
The sons of teen mothers are 13 percent more likely to end up in prison while teen daughters are 22 percent more likely to become teen mothers themselves.
What We Want:
Decrease unemployment rates by 50%.
Why It’s Important:
1.  Better Services:  More people working means fewer people claiming welfare. With lower welfare spending, governments can put more money into schools or hospitals.
2.  Less Crime:  Areas with high unemployment rates tend to have higher crime rates.
3.  Stronger Economy:  When unemployment is low, workers are able to negotiate better wages because workers are in demand.  People in steady jobs tend to spend more on new homes, cars, holidays, etc. thus giving the economy a further boost.
4.  Psychological Benefits:  People who work generally feel better about themselves. High unemployment has been linked to higher rates of psychological disorders, divorce, suicide and crime. Those unable to find work lose self-respect, purpose and a sense of achievement.
Bodacious Goals