Foster youth face multiple obstacles that make it hard to succeed in high school. According to the National Foster Youth Institute, only about half of the nation’s youth raised in foster care end up finishing high school. As such, Learn4Life identified the challenges and solutions for this student population and set up a needs-based support team.
Over the past three years, Learn4Life has doubled its foster student graduation rate to 77 percent in the 2018-19 school year, exceeding the California state average of 59 percent. There are more than 14,000 high school-aged children in foster care in California.
In addition to foster youth, Learn4Life’s student population includes those suffering from homelessness, food insecurity, teen parenting, learning disabilities, credit deficiencies or adult responsibilities. In spite of these obstacles, Learn4Life successfully graduated 2,791 students in the 2018-19 school year and a total of 19,162 students since opening. Eighty-nine percent of Learn4Life students are successful, by either continuing with Learn4Life, graduating or continuing with another school or technical/professional training. Forty-six percent go on to post-secondary education.
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