- ¾ of Black and Latino youth attend schools with >90% students are also poor and minority AND live in communities with >40% poverty rate
- high-poverty high schools graduate fewer student than low-poverty high schools (68% vs 91%)
- Blacks with 5+ years of integrated schools have 11% annual decline in poverty (Rucker Johnson, 2011 NBER)
High-concentration, high-poverty schools disproportionately serve Black and Latino youth, and are most likely to graduate them into poverty wages. We need to change the education outcomes of Black and Latino youth now so that, when the US becomes a majority-minority country, they contribute to regional growth and economic equity.
We improve access to diverse schools and communities.
We build a public + private ecosystem that includes research-driven regional economic development plans, capacity-building to eliminate structural racism and bias in schools and housing, and legislative advocacy to promote equitable access to schools and housing.
Economically stable regions with less structural bias and racism.
Youth in economically integrated schools and neighborhoods have increased earnings post-secondary. Schools and housing have fewer instances of bias-driven access and outcomes. Companies invest in diversity as a workforce skill.