Be part of the education solution in the US Hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, truancy reduction and increasing academic success. Helping people achieve freedom, opportunity and self-respect through education and interventions that motivate and create positive change. Offering hope and answering the question Why Try in life? Find out about certification trainings, in-service training and confererence sessions. Why Try in high schools, middle and junior high schools, in elementary schools, in mental health and in corrections.  During the House Appropriations Subcommittee FY 2008 Budget Hearing (March 14, 2007), Congresswoman Barbara Lee referenced (words to the effect), “There are counties in California that use third-grade reading scores to plan their prison populations for 20 years down the road.  Bottom line:  it is far better to put money into the first three grades than spending large amounts of money on prisons later.

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu states, “Governors review fourth grade reading scores to determine prison growth. . .  This has become an epidemic in the African American community where 63 percent of its fourth-grade students are below grade level,” (2007).

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