An investment in education, and in the Pathways to Education program, provides tremendous economic returns to society. In 2007, and again in 2010, the Boston Consulting Group undertook a pro bono analysis of the Pathways program which included an objective verification of the program’s societal return on investment.

With a focus on identifiable and quantifiable benefits, primarily higher taxes paid and reduced government transfer payments, conclusions about the program’s direct impact on society are impressive and include:

  • A return on investment of $24 for every $1 invested in Pathways 
  • A cumulative lifetime benefit to society of $600,000 for every Pathways graduate
  • Contributing to better life expectancy and health outcomes; high school graduates have lower incidence of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and smoking-related disease

 Results Matter

  • 2X – high school graduation rates among program participants have more than doubled
  • 300% – the increase in the rate of students going on to college or university
  • $24 – the social return for every $1 invested in Pathways (Boston Consulting Group)
  • 81% – average youth participation rates in Pathways communities