My wife is an assistant principal at an adult high school. She says it is amazing how many students come in and register for school, but once they get their id cards (needed for cal-works grants) are not heard from again.
My mother used to teach home ec. to junior high kids. Her school was in one of the poorer parts of town. One of the first eye raising things she learned was how early the young girls learned about how much they could get by having a baby and how it could be a ticket out of their homes and away from the control of their parents.