The program I chose to create for this assignment will address the problem of drop-out rates of female students. While researching this predicament, I found overwhelming statistics that show that this is a national crisis that demands immediate attention. I began this program because of the dilemma facing young girls in my own community, the known fact that many young girls drop out of high school due to pregnancy and the gender biases that proceed and scream out, “You are not welcome!”
This is a major issue in my community. If a young girl finds herself pregnant while still in high school, the main belief locally is that, while pregnant, you do not belong in school. This leads to a feeling of failure, causing girls to leave school and never go back. In fact, one in four girls overall do not finish high school. (The National Women's Law Center, 2007)
With this program, we plan to put into effect an active Dropout Prevention Program for Teen Parents at every school locally. This program will, ideally, focus mainly on the needs of pregnant girls, but will also address the needs of all “parenting” students, both female and male. Policies and procedures will be streamlined to make sure that they are equitable for every applicable student, including expectant fathers.
Questions that will be addressed by the program will include, why girls who are mothers or are pregnant aren’t encouraged to continue their education either in the regular program or in a special school? What resources, such as child care, are available to them if they do stay? Is dropping out seen as less of a problem for girls because of the myth that they will get married and have someone take care of them?
According to many published and unpublished reports, 44 percent of young women allude to pregnancy or marriage as their major reason for dropping out. (Earle and Roach, et al. 1989) Perhaps with the implementing of programs that address... [continues]
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