Project U-Turn is a citywide campaign to understand, focus public attention on and, most importantly, resolve Philadelphia's dropout crisis. It is led by a citywide collaborative whose members include representatives of the School District, City agencies, foundations, youth-serving organizations, parents and young people themselves. The collaborative is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, and operates as a subcommittee of the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success
Summary of New Research on the Relationships Between Philadelphians' Educational Attainment and their Employment, Earnings and Contributions to Government and Society
Reviews three recently-released research reports commissioned through Project U-Turn.
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The Costs of Dropping Out
A new report by researchers at the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University explores the economic prospects for youth who don't graduate from high school and the ripple effects for employers and the city.
Press Release | Report
Unfulfilled Promise: The Dimensions and Characteristics of Philadelphia's Drop-out Crisis, 2000-2005
A comprehensive research report by Ruth Curran Neild and Robert Balfanz that provides a detailed picture of when and why Philadelphia's young people drop out of high school and serves as the foundational research for Project U-Turn.
Full Report | Executive Summary
Turning it Around: A Collective Effort to Understand and Resolve Philadelphia's Drop-out Crisis
The companion volume to Unfulfilled Promise that offered the initial recommendations and actions planned for the launch of Project U-Turn.
Full Report | 4-Page Summary, updated March 08