Put Mobile Home Park Youth on a Path to Graduate
Children who grow up in mobile home parks are often surrounded by a culture of "it's okay to drop out of high school." Some parks in the rural south of Georgia experience dropout rates as high as 80 percent. This is catastrophic in the personal development of the child. Children who drop out of high school are more likely than their graduating peers to be incarcerated, live their entire life in poverty, and be unemployed.
Pairing together a brilliant combination of positive relationships and educational programming, The Path Project empowers kids in mobile home parks to graduate and plan a productive and exciting future. Through academic, mentoring, and spiritual development programs, such as Mommy & Me, Soccer Clubs, and Middle School Leadership Clubs, the Path Project helps kids succeed academically and graduate high school with a plan for their future. In 2018, the Chick Fil-A Foundation awarded The Path Project with a $100,000 gift recognizing the organization's progress and results in breaking into histoically siloed mobile home park communities and giving kids a brighter future.
Path Project serves 625 children and youth across their communities. In 2016, 88 percent of Path Project’s participants graduated from high school with a college or career plan in place — compared to 33 percent of the kids living in the same neighborhood.