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Monday January 27, 2014
Failing and underresourced schools, neighborhoods beset by street violence, lack of job opportunity, families split apart by addiction—many low-income young people of color face such well-chronicled barriers. Less visible and understood is the persistence and resilience that some of them demonstrate as they struggle in their teens and twenties to transcend those circumstances. Eight such young leaders shared their stories with leaders of community-based collective impact efforts from 21 cities, towns, and reservations. These initiatives are committed to improving education and workforce...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Student-Centered Learning
Friday January 25, 2013
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Who Is in Charge Here? BDEA Reflection on Student Ownership
It has been a busy year at Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA), and much of our focus has been directed to our third 5-year charter renewal—a crucial milestone in the life of a charter school. During the 3-day visit by BDEA’s re-charter team, a student panel was asked “Who is in charge here?” Our students, never shy, jumped right in. Some of them said it was the head of school, others mentioned her by name, but one finally said, “We are!” When the facilitator asked for clarification, others started chiming in to explain that they, the students, are the ones in charge of their education at...
Tags: Competency Education, Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
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
Monday December 17, 2012
We have so much to learn from young people who have overcome enormous adversity to become leaders and public servants in their communities. On Monday, I had the privilege of participating in a day of meetings between young adults who serve on the National Council of Young Leaders and leaders within the White House, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and several federal agencies. The National Council of Young Leaders is a diverse body of young leaders from across the United States, in both urban and rural low-income communities, who advise policymakers and funders on issues...
Tags: Opportunity Youth
Wednesday November 14, 2012
Youth Weigh In On Solutions to Their Own Economic Challenges
In the contentious debate about how to fix America’s problems or even which problems to fix, the National Council of Young Leaders has offered a youth perspective. The Council is a diverse group of young people from all corners of the country who recently released their Recommendations to increase Opportunity and Decrease Poverty in America. This group came together on the recommendation of the White House Council on Community Solutions, and was assembled by six sponsoring organizations including JFF, YouthBuild USA, Opportunity Nation, Public Allies, Year Up, and Youth Leadership Institute...
Tags: Opportunity Youth