GED STUDY HALL
Participation in the juvenile justice system creates serious impediments toward the completion and continuation of schooling after incarceration.
Nationally, 74% of kids graduate from high school or earn their GED by the time they reach the age of 18. For formerly incarcerated youth, only 12% do so. The time spent away from school and inadequate schooling given while in detention leaves kids unprepared to return to their schools and in some cases, completely denies them the opportunity to earn enough credits to graduate from high school or study for the GED while they are incarcerated.
This has lasting effects on the lives of these kids and the communities they come from. Formerly incarcerated youth are 7 times more likely to have a history of unemployment and welfare dependence as an adult.
EORO's GED Study Halls are after-school study hall programs inside youth detention facilities in the Bay Area addressing the special academic needs of incarcerated youth. Detained youth choose to participate in this optional program where they work one-on-one with academic tutors in pursuit of a General Education Diploma (GED). A GED can open the doors to educational and employment opportunities for youth who do not have the necessary credits to graduate from high school. It also is a way for mentors to engage youth and get them thinking about their future beyond the walls of detention.
Since 2005, over 1,100 youth have participated with 645 youth receiving their GED or passing 1-5 of the necessary exams prior to their release back to their community.
For more information on how to become a GED Tutor and Mentor contact :