Life Skills

Classroom Close Up NJ | Cafe Kids

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Visit Tulsa Trail Elementary School's student-run cafe. Through their job responsibilities at the cafe, the students learn life skills alongside math, language arts, speech, and art.

180 Days: Hartsville | Full Program

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Experience a year of a Southern town’s efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform — bureaucracy, economic opportunity and fixed mindsets — interact and intersect.

Chance King Doyle | Dropping Back In

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Chance King Doyle is the former program director of Cafe Hope, a farm to table restaurant created to help young people in New Orleans develop self-sufficiency. Doyle, a former dropout himself, shares his story about a couple who took him in after Hurricane Katrina and helped him turn his life around. Learn more at the Dropping Back In web site.

From Dropout to Mentor and Teacher | Dropping Back In

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Darren Alridge says the love of the people who helped him get his GED® diploma "wore off" on him so much that he had to pay it forward by mentoring and teaching struggling youth in the same program where he learned. Darren's story was featured in the national KET documentary series Dropping Back In.

Helping Opportunity Youth Succeed | Dropping Back In

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Jesse Fuentes is an alumna of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School (PACHS), a highly successful alternative school in Chicago, Illinois. Jesse’s story was featured in the national KET documentary series Dropping Back In. In this segment, she shares her story of overcoming difficult odds and getting her life back on track through the help of the teachers at PACHS. She is now a college graduate and educator hoping to become a principal of one of the schools in her community.

Be a Good Steward of God’s People | Dropping Back In

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Three years after agreeing to serve on the board, Luis Arocha never expected to be executive director of Cafe Hope in New Orleans. Cafe Hope offers a three-month apprentice program in the restaurant industry that also helps struggling youth with life skills, basic reading, and mathematics. Arocha didn't expect to experience the satisfaction of helping to make a difference in someone's life. See more resources at KET's Dropping Back In collection page.

Supporting Students and Giving Them Second Chances

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Learn how mentors from GearUp helped a student in trouble turn his life around in this clip from American Graduate Day 2014. Hector grew up in a tough neighborhood, and was frequently in trouble himself until he started working with Emily Johnson, a mentor from GearUp. But despite having the support of a mentor and his coaches, Hector still did not believe in himself, and was arrested in high school. Hector had a transformative experience at Anytown camp and resolved to put more effort into school and achieving his goals. He now acts as an ambassador for GearUp and works to inspire young people.

Learners Facing Challenges

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This collection highlights videos produced by Producers Workshop filmmakers for CPB's American Graduate initiative. These close-up stories focus on the challenges facing high school students across America - Native American, Latino, Asian American, more. How can they and their communities break through the obstacles so the students can succeed and graduate?

Rosa's Story: Portraits of Girls in the Criminal Justice System | Film Module

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This module takes a look at a teen girl currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system; she is serving a short sentence in an Illinois juvenile detention center. Viewers get snapshots of her childhood and family and some of the adversity she faced in her life.

Cyntoia's Story: Portraits of Girls in the Criminal Justice System | Film Module

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This module takes a look at a teen girl currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system; she is serving a life sentence in an adult state prison in Tennessee. Viewers get snapshots of her childhood and family and some of the adversity she faced in her life.

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