Chapter 1
Rallying Your Community

No single person can combat a community’s dropout crisis or raise graduation rates. You will need the committed support of many in your community – school and district educators, parents, students, citizens, business executives, policymakers, and leaders from nonprofits, faith-based organizations and universities and community colleges.

Some people from your community will provide insights and guidance, some will contribute resources, and some will offer services, in and out of schools, through “wraparound supports.” Others may be able to expand the campaign, recruiting representatives of local and state agencies, as well as state and national organizations, to push for new policies and to provide services.

Reaching out to your community and winning broad-based support is vital, but it will take hard work. This chapter will help you accomplish that.

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