New Jersey Give a Kid a Dream (NJGAKAD) celebrates success by definition and tangible results.
Success is defined as the favorable outcome of something attempted, the attainment of wealth, fame and the accomplishment of one’s goals.
So we celebrate our youth attending college, for they were earmarked for failure. We celebrate the communities our youth have learned to serve. We celebrate the many firsts our youth have experienced through the NJGAKAD program — medical, academic, emotional and physical.
And we celebrate the supporters who believe in the positive impact of the NJGAKAD program, because the youth we serve are beating the odds in a big way!
National statistics show that 3-4 high school students out of every 10 do not meet the criteria for obtaining their high school diploma. In 2014, 100 percent of the 12th graders involved in NJGAKAD obtained their high school diploma.
During our most recent year, the absentee rate for NJGAKAD youth dropped below the US average, meeting and beating our goal of 4 percent. In 2011, the grade point average for GAKAD youth was below the national average. In 2014-15, the grade point average for NJGAKAD youth was above the national average.