EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL MALES OF COLOR
High school males of color face a number of barriers to high school graduation attainment and transition into post-secondary and the workforce. Males of color are less likely to graduate from high school. Nationwide, only about half of black and Hispanic males who begin high school will graduate four years later.
Teen males of color are far less likely to have access to jobs, work experience and training opportunities that lead to pathways to good jobs. For example, at any given time in 2011, less than 20 percent of African American and Latino teens were employed. Early work experience is especially important for low-income youth, as research shows employment is linked to increased attachment to school and teens who work in high school have a smoother transition into the workforce.1
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