School Dropout Prevention
Education leads to more years of life and greater likelihood of receiving health related information and services. Objective 7-1 of Healthy People 2010 is to improve high school completion. Various programs targeting community, school, family, peer or individual domains can reduce rates of school dropout by implementing proven effective strategies and activities, as well as programs highlighted as "best practices".
Colorado ranks 48th out of the fifty states in the percentage of teens that are high school dropouts (14 percent for Colorado in 1999, compared to 10 percent for the United States as a whole.
About 10 percent of older teens (25,372 teens, ages 16 through 19) are neither enrolled in school nor high school graduates. Almost half of these teens are unemployed.