Pressure to work
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Under pressure to help support their families or take care of their own needs, how might a student’s employment affect their education and life success?
Often, children from low-income families help supplement their family’s income or take care of their own needs and prepare for independence. Data demonstrates that when a student works more than 20 hours per week, it negatively impacts his/her performance. Researchers also report that as hours of work increase, adolescents are more likely to drink and smoke, and engage in a wide range of problem behaviors, making it more difficult for students to focus on preparing for and taking steps toward a future that allows them to get post-secondary education and training that help prevent lifelong poverty. With a national guidance counselor ratio of 450:1, schools must adjust structures, roles, and responsibilities to ensure that all students have a personalized academic and career plan and are taking steps toward future success. For a better understanding of how to help students balance the need to work with getting an education, please visit the artifacts below.