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Rise Up is West Virginia's Dropout Prevention Initiative. We all know the value of an education, but sometimes obstacles make it difficult to stay the course. The website provides alternatives, suggestions, resources and guidance to overcome these obstacles and stay on the road to successful completion of high school.

Studies show that the lifetime cost to the nation for each youth who drops out of school and later moves into a life of crime and drugs ranges from $1.7 to $2.3 million.