This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Project (EPOP) conducted a substantial non-academic survey through 50 interviews this summer where out-of-school youth responded to specific and open-ended questions. The youth were contacted through community organizations, youth service providers and other community leaders in a variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods. Respondents were African American, Latino, Asian, and White youth ages 14-21. Here is a summary of responses provided by EPOP.
Did the School District contact you directly when you left school?
Phone call/Attempt at retention 10%
No personal communication 90%
Were your parents aware when you left school?
Do you want to return to some type of school?
Have you had any contact with truancy officers?
Have you had any contact with police?
When did your school problems begin?