Dropout Prevention Methods To Transform At-Risk and Unmotivated Students


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Dropout Prevention Methods
To Transform
At-Risk and Unmotivated Students

Show Students That Life Without a Diploma
is as Cold as Minnesota in Winter



dropout prevention methodsHello from Youth Change Workshops Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I'm a professional development presenter, author and keynote speaker, but I used to manage a treatment program for older adolescent felons, most of whom were longtime dropouts. Despite that obstacle and many more, we were able to get all of our students back in school, and were able to produce a 90% graduation rate over a five year period. This article includes some of the dropout prevention methods that were honed in that program, plus some newly created strategies too.

finish schoolThe world is getting more and more cold and inhospitable to people who lack that "magic piece of paper." More than ever before, that diploma is opening doors. More than ever before, doors are slamming shut to people who lack that high school degree. It's never too soon to start letting your youngsters know that their diploma may ultimately be as important as the air they breathe. Regardless of the age of your students, now is the time to let them know that diplomas are becoming essential to survival. It is up to you to ensure that your students aren't frozen out of future opportunities.

Dropout Prevention Poster 12Perhaps it is because the world is becoming so bleak and hostile for dropouts that we have been getting so many comments about our Drop Out, Lose Out series of posters. (Poster #12 is pictured at right.) Without a doubt, these posters capture how grim and difficult life may be for today's youth if they lack a high school diploma. The facts cited on the posters have drawn so much comment, that we will provide a synopsis of those grim statistics here so you can easily pass on the information to your students.

If you just want those chilling facts, then you just have to scroll down a bit. If you also want additional specific, ready-to-use ideas how to convey the bad news more effectively and powerfully, you can adapt and use the surprising methods shown on our "Drop Out, Lose Out" posters.

Here are two ways to immediately use what you see on those posters (Posters #10 through #21.) First, you can do the activity pictured. So, for example, on Poster #12, you see stacks of money being rejected. Get stacks of play money and a stamp that says "rejected." You may also want to get a stamp that says "accepted" to give the activity a potentially positive twist.

Motivational School Posters Second, you can verbally convey the images shown on the posters. So, for example, on Poster #14, you see a complex job application on a computer monitor. You could quiz students verbally on how to complete such a complicated application. This activity could be a very potent way to demonstrate that job hunting could be difficult or impossible without education and a diploma. So, as you look at the posters, decide whether to actually do the action portrayed, or to verbally capture it.

No matter how you decide to use these innovative, more effective dropout prevention strategies, you will be powerfully and persuasively convey the bad news about dropping out to your at-risk and unmotivated students. The goal of all these rather tough techniques is to absolutely convince your youngsters that life without a diploma is like Minnesota in winter.


Dropout Prevention Methods

That Convey the 10 Bitter Cold Facts About Dropping Out


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Drop Out, Lose Out
on Cars

After paying for necessities, a dropout with one job may be able to afford 0 new cars.


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on Housing

A dropout working one job is typically able to afford about 2/3 of a very basic place to live.


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on Money

When dropouts reject free education, they also reject $329,000 of additional income that graduates earn.


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on Understanding

Because dropouts miss a lot of school, they often have problems understanding what nearly everyone else can.


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on Finding Jobs

Jobs open to dropouts are rapidly disappearing as more and more jobs require diplomas to even apply.


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on Keeping Jobs

Dropouts are typically the first fired and the last hired.


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on Surviving Physically

Jobs open to dropouts often lack good health insurance and paid sick leave, making basic and even emergency health care unaffordable or impossible to access.


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on Desirable Jobs

Most jobs, the military, and most jobs commonly considered desirable or high-paying, require a diploma to even apply.


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on Financial Survival

Typically, dropouts working one job will not earn enough money to pay all their basic housing, food, heat, light and water bills.


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on Essential and Free Benefits

Jobs open to dropouts usually do not include paid vacation, sick leave or retirement, making vacations, illness and retirement difficult or impossible.


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Dropout Prevention Methods and Resources

Consider passing on our "cold facts" to your students now. Yes, these facts are harsh, but better that your students are exposed now to the increasingly harsh realities facing dropouts, than they live out those realities for the rest of their lives. Our books– like Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers— have hundreds more strategies.


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About Ruth Herman Wells

Author/Trainer Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. is the director of Youth Change Professional Development Workshops. In 2011, Ruth was rated as a Top 10 U.S. K-12 educational and motivational speaker by Speakerwiki and Speakermix. She is the author of several book series, a columnist, adjunct professor for two universities, and a popular keynote speaker and workshop presenter. Ruth's dozens of books includes Temper and Tantrum Tamers and Turn On the Turned-Off Student.