In Minnesota, every 53 minutes a child is born into poverty; every hour a child is abused or neglected, and every day before his or her first birthday a child dies. Every ten days a child or teen is killed by gunfire, and for every 100 African-American students enrolled in the public schools, 14.4 were suspended. These are the facts as reported by the Children’s Defense Fund in its 2009-Moments in the States. These are but a few of the life concerns which confront our youth of promise.
For the 2007-08 school year, the Minnesota State Department of Education noted that “the four-year-graduation rate for all the state's Black males and Black females was only 41 percent.”