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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Monday January 7, 2013
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently interviewed Byron Villagran a former high school dropout who then enrolled in and graduated from a school run by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. At LACC, Byron’s educational aspirations were reignited and today he has not only earned a diploma, but is well on his way to complete community college and transfer to a four-year college. There are millions of Byrons across our country who, for a variety of reasons, are not doing well in traditional school settings or have entirely dropped out of school. Byron was fortunate enough to find the LACC...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Wednesday November 7, 2012
A newly released FSG publication, Collective Impact for Opportunity Youth proposes how communities across the country can improve the life trajectories of the nearly 20 percent of our 16- to 24-year-olds, who are not connected to either education or the workforce. The White House Council on Community Solutions dubs this group of 6.7 million young adults “opportunity youth” both to highlight their aspirations to realize their full potential and to remind us that collectively these young adults represent an enormous opportunity to improve the economic and social health of our nation. The...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Wednesday October 3, 2012
“I’ll be the first one attending college from my family. My brothers look up to me and they want to do what I do. Now that I’m attending college, they want to go to college and it makes me happy that they want to because of me.” —Rosa Mendoza, graduate, LA Conservation Corps; college student, Los Angeles Technical College “I want to succeed, I want to exceed—that’s why I want to go to college.” —Daniel Hurtado, student, Coalition for Responsible Community Development Dozens of people gathered at Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Tuesday, September 25, to celebrate programs implementing...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Monday October 1, 2012
Ramean Clowney, an incredible 19-year old from Philadelphia who was formerly disengaged from school, was one of several members of the new National Council of Young Leaders to testify at last month’s Opportunity Nation Summit. He shared that one major reason for his success today is the Philadelphia Youth Network and One Bright Ray Fairhill Community High School—programs that reengage youth and enable them to graduate from both high school and college. Despite a rocky past including school and family challenges, Ramean was able to fulfill his dreams of graduation and is now attending...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Thursday July 12, 2012
If you missed it over the holiday week, it’s well worth watching PBS NewsHour’s excellent two-part report on South Texas’ Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) school district. This border district is setting a compelling example for how we can make school work for all students—especially the high-poverty, Hispanic students who make up this school system. PSJA engages all students with dynamic teaching, puts them on a clear path to a college degree or credential, and supports their college success even after graduation. All students, including former dropouts, take college classes before they graduate...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Dual Enrollment, Early College, State-Local K-12 Policy