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6 Key Milestones to Success

MBK’s work is rooted in six key life milestones that research shows are especially predictive of later success, and where interventions can have the greatest impact.

Although the factors that influence success at each stage are complex and interdependent, by focusing on these milestones, doing what works and removing or avoiding roadblocks that hinder progress, we can provide young people the opportunity and the tools to get ahead.


Milestone 1: Entering School Ready To Learn

The earliest years of a child’s life are critical for building the foundation for success in school and beyond.

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Milestone 2: Reading at Grade level by Third Grade

All children should be reading at grade level by the end of third grade — the time at which reading to learn, and not just learning to read, becomes essential.

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Milestone 3: Graduate From High School

Every American child should be college and career ready.

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Milestone 4: Complete Post-secondary Education Or Training

All Americans should receive the education and training needed for quality jobs of today and tomorrow.

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Milestone 5: All Youth Out Of School Are Employed

Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.

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Milestone 6: All Youth Remain Safe From Violent Crime

All children should be safe from violent crime; and individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment needed to have a real second chance.

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