DisconnectYouthReport_10-23-15

New Study: County’s Minority Students Are Disconnected From School and Work (VIDEO)

Nearly a quarter of black and African-American students surveyed in Montgomery County feel that they have been discriminated against while at school. That number increases to 35 percent among high school drop outs according to a new study released by The Community Foundation today.

The report detailed that in 2013 about 8,000 youth were disconnected, meaning that they were “neither in school nor working – or weakly connected.” The study breaks down other factors and experiences that minority youth face while in and out of school. These factors include; academic performance, socioeconomic demographics, and  parental expectations and support. The purpose is to better understand how to engage disconnected youth.

This Montgomery College video provides insight into the study and how Montgomery County plans to use it as a blue print to improve opportunities for minority youth.

You can view the full study on The Community Foundation website.

Maureen Chowdhury

About Maureen Chowdhury

Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.

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