At a historic high, 85%, the national on-time high school graduation rate does not capture the disparities across cities.

Planned and developed by young people, this video features YouthSource, a program in Renton, WA where young people who did not finish high school can reconnect with education and transition to college and career pathways.

Many cities are home to a large number of young adults who have not finished school, and lack a clear pathway to do so. In response, a growing number of cities have put specific strategies in place for these youth. These efforts include the establishment of one-stop reengagement centers or virtual equivalents that offer a range of services, including referrals to school completion options and support to re-enroll. 

As Network hub, NLC assists cities in exploring and pursuing reengagement policy and programming through: 

  • Technical assistance for strategy and goal setting
  • Guidance as to best use of an extensive library of examples and models
  • Referrals to peers and consultants
  • Adopting the common accountability framework
  • Participating in Network conference calls and in-person meetings
  • Participating in the annual Reengagement Plus! Convening

Network participants come from reengagement program sponsors or host agencies including city departments, school districts, nonprofit organizations and community colleges.