Our site in Northwestern Wisconsin has been addressing the college drop out rate amoung the youth from our area and the more we get into this issue the more we realize that we need to look at academic preparedness. We are trying to get our arms around this topic. We know that math is an area that we wish to focus efforts but also believe that reading and writing should be included in any kind of initiative we implement to address this. We will be working with 5 districts not geographically close to each other and will be targeting low income youth and also those youth that would be first generation college students. So my question is this: If we invested this next year with a specific cohort of students, how much additional time with mentoring, tutoring, content, etc is enough? What makes a difference? one on one time with a tutor, alternative learning strategies, use of community resources and mentors - a combination of all of this? How do we start to get our arms around this issue? Perhaps the answers are obvious but this is just not my area of expertise - so I would love to start a discussion on this topic!