Youth Workers Essential to Helping Kids Succeed in School

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When Woody Allen famously quipped that “80 percent of success is showing up,” more than a kernel of truth popped out. Because regular school attendance is tied directly to high school graduation rates, youth workers have both a role in, and a responsibility for, supporting young people on this part of their journey toward productive adulthood.  

New research is emerging almost daily about the issue of chronic absence, which is defined as missing 10 percent or more of the school year. This metric entered the national lexicon about five years ago through the good . . .

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