According to the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's website
More than 22 percent of our children live in poverty.
- Over seven million live in deep poverty.
Young Americans have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and deaths from car crashes of youth in 17 developed nations.
Thirty percent of public school students fail to graduate from high school.
- 1.3 million drop out of high school each year.
- American 15-year-olds rank 14th in reading skills among their peers in 34 developed nations, 17th in science, and 25th in math.
Lack of education leads to lack of employment, particularly in a poor economy.
- The unemployment rate among 16-to-24-year-olds was 18.1 percent in July 2011, with some 4.1 million youths unemployed.
- Nine percent of teenagers (ages 16-19) and 17 percent of young people ages 18 to 24 are entirely disconnected, neither attending school nor working, with no more (and often less) than a high school degree.