Education is the foundation for upward mobility. Poor quality education hampers that potential and results in economic disparity that has implications for generations to come. Studies show a link between poverty and gun violence. It stands to reason then that educational supports for young people in the community can mitigate this violence and enable them to achieve their economic promise.
While school is a significant portion of a student's day, time spent outside the classroom is a predictor of their success as well. For students living in under-resourced neighborhoods affected by gun violence, after-school programs can provide both a safe haven and an alternative to being in the street and falling victim to violence.