The New York Times
Little College Guidance: 500 High School Students Per Counselor
"Large public high schools across the country struggle with staggering ratios of students to guidance counselors. Nationally, that ratio is nearly 500 to 1... when it comes time to apply to college, all of the students need help at once."
What's Next Pine Bluff is committed to supporting schools and counselors in giving guidance to young people about their future.
National Summer Learning Association Meaningful Summer Programs Matter
"More than half of the achievement gap between lower-income and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities."
Our Summer Fellowship provides a meaningful opportunity for Pine Bluff students to grow academic and leadership skills.
The Washington Post
Chicago gave hundreds of high-risk kids a summer job.
Violent crime arrests plummeted.
"Students who were randomly assigned to participate in the program had 43 percent fewer violent-crime arrests over 16 months, compared to students in a control group.
That number is striking for a couple of reasons: It implies that a relatively short (and inexpensive) intervention like an eight-week summer jobs program can have a lasting effect on teenage behavior. And it lends empirical support to a popular refrain by advocates: 'Nothing stops a bullet like a job.'"
We believe that young people in Pine Bluff deserve opportunities to grow, develop, and live their dreams. An investment in summer jobs is an investment in the future of Pine Bluff.