Nationally, about half a million teens drop out of school every year. Without a diploma, many can’t find work, some end up in jail.
A Madison-based charity gives troubled teens hope for a better future.
Connie Ferris Bailey is the executive director of “Operation Fresh Start“. The local charity strives to keep teens in school, employed and out of trouble.
In 37 years, 7,000 young people helped build 190 affordable homes in Dane County.
Typically, these young adults come from low-income families, struggle with school, and may have a criminal record.
Teens commit to at least 900 hours of paid work. They also receive a minimum of $2,365 for college.