Promising Futures for PA Youth – PA First Lady Mrs. Corbett supports SHINE


Opening Doors Initiative

Mrs. Corbett visits SHINE Career Academy

Promising Futures for PA Youth 

Since kicking off the Opening Doors initiative earlier this year, First Lady Susan Corbett has been meeting with school administrators, parents and students across Pennsylvania to talk about the importance of keeping students on track to graduate.

Research shows that during the middle school years, early indicators can predict which students are most likely to drop out before graduating. School and community interventions can help keep students on the path to success.

Over a lifetime, high school dropouts earn $1 million less than those with a college degree and are more likely to end up in the justice system or to require public assistance.

Nationally the economic cost of the dropout problem adds up to $300 billion per year.

To raise awareness, Mrs. Corbett has been visiting schools and highlighting programs that are successfully keeping students engaged in school through early warning systems and intervention techniques.

To learn more about Opening Doors, click here.

Click below to see video and pictures from the First Lady’s visits to Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences in Philadelphia and the SHINE Career Academy in Jim Thorpe.