Keeping Youth of Color Connected in Texas Public Schools

Brief

Keeping Youth of Color Connected in Texas Public Schools

The Role of Philanthropic and Public Investment

Abstract

Rates of disconnected youth—young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school or working—are highest among Black, Latino, and American Indian/Native American youth. Disconnection can lead to negative outcomes: greater risk of economic instability, mental health and/or substance use problems, and criminal justice involvement. Using Texas as a use-case, this brief explores where students would be at greatest risk of disconnection, and how risk of disconnection varies amongst students of different racial/ethnic groups. We also explore nonprofit density and per-pupil expenditures in Texas counties to understand where there is opportunity for increased investment in youth, and particularly youth of color. This analysis provides a framework for stakeholders to identify counties to target support and uplift the next generation of youth of color in Texas.

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