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Many middle and high school students are directionless because they don’t have a solid understanding of their strengths, interests, and goals; or have an actionable individual plan to achieve the future they desire.

They are disengaged in school, cannot see their future, often dropout, or are not positioned to succeed in their next chapter. They don’t see school as relevant; therefore they lack intrinsic motivation---the kind of motivation necessary for true learning to occur.


  • Disengaged students; many who are wandering aimlessly. They:

    • Haven't found their “niche”---that place where they are maximizing their potential, are happiest and most successful

    • Often lose hope as they don’t see a clear future for themselves 

  • Poor school attendance, grades, and credit completion rates; increased behavioral issues

  • High dropout rates (High-school and Post-secondary)

    • #1 reason high school students drop out is that they find school irrelevant and boring; they see no connection between their schoolwork and how it might prepare them for a good job

  • Students often take 6+ years to complete college

    • They’re not focused and often change majors several times

    • It’s expensive to pay, or accumulate debt, for extra semesters

  • Many students who complete college end up with a “major by default”

    • Still have no clear direction about what they want to do

    • Often end up under- or unemployed

  • Significant number of under- and unemployed mature adults, not making their greatest contribution to society

  • Significant number of restless, dissatisfied adults




  • Only 20% of young people age 12-22 can express clearly what they want to accomplish in life and why 

  • Almost 25% report having no aspirations at all,  and show little sign of trying to find something worthwhile 

School Counselors

  • The average school counselor has 482 students assigned to them

  • Nearly 30% of U.S. K-12 schools have no counselor

  • 4 of the top 10 largest public school districts in the country (in major metropolitan areas) have more security officers than counselors

Dropout Rates (High school and Post-secondary)

  • In Arizona, home state of DreamRoads, 22% of 9th graders will not finish high school

    • Almost 20,000 students drop out of high school in AZ every year

      • Each cohort costs the state $7.6 Bil in lost income, health costs, crime expenses and welfare over their lifetimes

    • Only 25% of Arizona students who start a post-secondary program finish it

  • The U.S. has the highest college drop-out rate in the industrialized world



  • 5Mil youth age 16-24 in the U.S. are not in school or working  

  • 15-25% of minority youth  

  • Costs $94B annually in welfare and lost tax revenue 

Student Loan Debt

  • Half of student loan debt in the U.S. is held by those who have dropped out of school

Disengaged Adults

  • 69% of U.S. employees report “Not engaged” or “Actively disengaged” in their jobs

  • Millennials are the least engaged group (only 29% engaged)

  • May not be working in jobs that allow them to use their talents and strengths, thus creating disengagement

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