It’s not a coincidence that the majority of dropouts come from schools in high-poverty communities. We know that students in these communities come to school facing a number of obstacles every day that can inhibit their ability to focus, learn, and ultimately graduate on time, if at all.

In Overcoming the Poverty Challenge, Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University illustrates the negative impact that growing up in poverty can have on a student’s educational outcome. It also examines the unique opportunity that nonprofits, community volunteers, and full-time national service members have to make an impact in the lives of the schools and students that need it the most.