Southwire's 12 for Life - Motivating Students to Stay in School

Local Statistics

National Statistics

  • 3 out of 10
    This year, 3 out of every 10 public school students will fail to finish high school

  • 1.3 million
    U.S. schools are expected to lose 1.3 million students in 2009. Many of these students are disproportionately from large urban school systems, from low-income families or members of minority populations.

  • 69.2%
    The average national graduation rate is 69.2% as of 2006

  • 2.8%
    Graduation rates increased by 2.8 percentage points from 1996-2006. The first noticeable decline in graduation rates began in 2006, falling more than 1 percentage point. Half of all U.S. states also posted the decline in 2006.

  • 30%
    In 2000, adults ages 25 to 34 who had dropped out of school or had not acquired a GED earned up to 30 percent less than their peers who had completed high school or had GEDs.

  • 4x
    Students of lower socio-economic status are four times as likely to drop out of school than those in higher socio-economic backgrounds

Education Week, the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Dropping the Dropout Rate

We are actively reversing the dropout trend in Georgia. We've graduated 275 students in our first four years, far exceeding our goal of 175 High School Graduates by 2012. Learn more +

12 for Life Skills for Life

12 For Life is not a Vocational/Technical program. We focus on students rather than specific skills to ensure individuals have the work and life skills they need to succeed.
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12 for Life Skills for Life

Schools and private businesses committed to education & community can build sustainable programs. Doing the right thing pays for itself.
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A Paycheck and a Diploma

Students can succeed at School and Work without the compromise. Our students stay in school, earn money, and learn the skills employers look for.  Learn more +


Southwire Giving Back

Since the 1950's, Southwire has emphasized giving back to the community. 12 for Life is a natural extension of our outreach to improve our community.
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Getting Involved

12 for Life is a successful model for other businesses and schools. Find out how to improve graduation rates and impact long-term earning capacity for your entire community.
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