Our mission is to empower students to graduate from high school and go on to higher education.
Based in Utah's Provo and Jordan School District, Teens Act currently operates in Provo High School, Independence High School, and Valley High School. We seek to address the dropout challenge facing our students and families. In Utah, the overall statewide single-year dropout rate for ninth to twelfth grade students was 5.1% in the 2016 school year. Each year, approximately 1.3 million students fail to graduate high school, more than half of whom are from minority groups. This means that two students dropout of high school every minute. Not only does this create a huge reduction in earning power for these students, but it creates many problems for society as a whole. Students who drop out are more likely to commit crime, live in poverty, and have a lower quality of life. A report from the documentary series Front-line claims that dropouts cost society an average of $300,000 per year. Utah has not been immune from this educational casualty, and that is where Teens Act steps in. We seek to address the dropout challenge facing our community. The 2016 Single-Year Dropout Rate in the Provo School District was 8 percent. It is clear that there is a problem and we are helping to increase the number of students who graduate high school through an educational “triple focus”:
- Student Success Class (an elective class taken during school)
- Parent Support Program
- After-School Tutoring Program
We focus on students who are struggling academically (GPA under 2.5), low-income (qualify for free or reduced lunch), and those who are potentially first-generation college-bound. Using our educational triple focus and other techniques such as motivational speakers, campus tours, and third-party partnerships with universities, we ensure that participants in our program have the best possible chance to succeed academically.