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Improved Communications and Advocacy for Youth Left Behind

Spitfire Strategies

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2003–March 31, 2004
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Currently, 25 percent of American students are not graduating from high school. According to a recent study, males are 20 to 30 percent more likely to drop out of school than females and young people of color, students from poor families, and students in large public school districts were more inclined to leave high school without a diploma than their peers. The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) works to address these issues by promoting policies and initiatives that help youth succeed in becoming lifelong learners, productive workers and self-sufficient citizens.Funding will enable Spitfire Strategies and NYEC to develop a comprehensive communications plan that will support NYEC’s goals and activities. Objectives include creating a plan for improved communications and a public education campaign on the increasing high school dropout rate; and clarifying NYEC’s organizational goals and building a comprehensive communications plan that support these goals.Spitfire Strategies is a communications firm that designs campaigns and provides strategic communications solutions to nonprofit groups to enable them to implement effective strategies.