Making the Grade:  The Influence of Religion Upon the Academic Performance of Youth in Disadvantaged

By Mark D. Regnerus, Posted on 11/18/10

From the executive summary of the article:
"Religious institutions are often the only, or at least the primary, institutions committed to the welfare of poor, inner-city neighborhoods. These neighborhoods rarely enjoy the social benefits that result from extensive legal commerce, plentiful good jobs, and strong schools that more stable communities enjoy.
However, they do benefit from the significant presence of religious institutions in their neighborhoods....The question that is at the heart of this study is this: What role, if any, do churches in poor neighborhoods play in helping kids stay in school?"

You might use the information in this article to launch a discussion with local churches about the impact they can have on the education of the youth in their community or use the information in this article to write a grant. 

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