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School-to-Prison Pipeline: Dr. Victor Rios | Dropping Back In

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Dr. Victor Rios dicusses his research in juvenile justice, the policing of America's schools, and the school-to-prison pipeline in this video from the Dropping Back In series. Rios also talks about youth who are "pushed out" of school, rather than dropping out, and outreach efforts in that area. In February 2012, the PBS program Frontline aired a follow-up story to one they had done more than a decade earlier that featured Rios as a teenage gang member who left the streets, returned to school, and eventually became a college professor. Dr. Rios is featured in Dropping Back In, both as a former dropout and as an author and expert in issues involving the education system failing poor black and Latino boys.

 

Cafe Hope | Dropping Back In

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Cafe Hope, a farm-to-table restaurant, was created to help young adults of the greater New Orleans area develop self-sufficiency. From learning how to make gumbo and sweet potato biscuits from scratch, to developing communication prowess and understanding responsibility for kitchen equipment and cleanliness, student apprentices find they are now valued. Approximately 70 percent of the apprentices who complete the Cafe Hope program find restaurant industry employment. See more resources at KET's Dropping Back In collection page.

Louisville YouthBuild | Dropping Back In

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Learn about Louisville, Kentucky's YouthBuild, a program which helps young people gain academic, career, and personal skills for success in this video from the Dropping Back In series. YouthBuild is a national program combining academics with mentoring and construction career training for young people, 16 to 24 years old.

 

Makers Coalition | Dropping Back In

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A renewed interest in the production of things made in the U.S.A. resulted in the formation of the Makers Coalition, a group of businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations focused on working together to build a trained American cut and sew industry. The Makers Coalition boasts 90 percent placement of graduating students. See more resources at KET's Dropping Back In collection page.

Academy of Hope | Dropping Back In

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Learn about how Academy of Hope successfully creates a caring and supportive learning community in one of the poorest areas of Washington D.C. with the highest dropout rates in this video from the Dropping Back In series. Since its founding in 1985, more than 560 adults have earned GED® diplomas through the Academy.

 

Alexandria Seaport Foundation | Dropping Back In

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The Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF) boatbuilding apprentice program provides at-risk, underserved youth in the Washington, D.C. area with hands-on work development training through building boats. Apprentices work alongside volunteers who teach them carpentry and construction, as well as the skills they will need to live fulfilling, productive lives. Apprentices leave the ASF program with a skill level close to the second year of a carpenter’s union apprentice, and have become electrician apprentices, plumbers, and painters. See more resources at KET's Dropping Back In collection page.

Lake Area Technical Institute | Dropping Back In

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Learn about a new approach to postsecondary education that involves employers and focused, hands-on study programs that has led to remarkable successes at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota in this video from the Dropping Back In series. An award-winning institution, Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) focuses on educating students so they can get a job upon graduation. Instructors are in regular, weekly, sometimes daily, contact with local business and industry to ensure what they’re teaching aligns to industry needs. Classes are small, interactive, and hands-on, and students receive career guidance from day one. And they are successful—98 percent of LATI graduates are employed or continuing their education.

 

Building to Teach | Dropping Back In

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Learn about the Alexandria Seaport Foundation's Building to Teach boatbuilding apprentice program, which uses construction and carpentry to teach mathematics, in this video from KET's Dropping Back In series. Apprentices work alongside adult mentors to learn carpentry skills and mathematics while building boats. See more resources at KET's Dropping Back In collection page.

 

From GED® to PhD: Kellie Blair Hardt | Dropping Back In

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Learn about Kellie Blair Hardt, who overcame homelessness and discouragement at every turn to go from dropout to beloved teacher, in this video from the Dropping Back In series. Kellie overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles—homelessness, alcoholic parents, expulsion from school—to return to school, earn a GED® diploma, and ultimately earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She’s currently a special education teacher and is pursuing a PhD. In 2013, she was one of only five teachers nationwide to receive a National Education Association award for excellence in teaching.

 

Champion for Juvenile Justice: Hasan Davis | Dropping Back In

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Learn how Hasan Davis, former Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice commissioner and GED® graduate, overcame obstacles in this video from the Dropping Back In series. Hasan’s family fell apart before he even started elementary school. He had learning disabilities, was arrested at age 11 and expelled from every school he attended. Through the support of a principal and mother who believed in him, he earned a GED® diploma, college and law degrees, and served as Commissioner of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

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