Study Skills

James Hooten | Dropping Back In

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James Hooten felt he hadn't accomplished much in life before graduating from YouthBuild Louisville. YouthBuild Louisville is part of a national program that helps young people earn their high school diplomas or equivalencies while learning new skills and helping their communities. Hooten shares his experience with YouthBuild, discussing how it helped him become a business owner and role model for his children. 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.

Community Partnerships Helping Students in School

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Learn how Harrison High School in Evansville, IN is using community partnerships to support students in this video from American Graduate Day 2013. Reconnecting Youth is a nonprofit organization that helps bring social workers into schools. High school students often need help balancing school, work and their social lives. Social workers help students improve their time management and communication skills. When students feel more connected to school, they begin to see how they fit in and how they can contribute to their communities. Use the resources in the Support Materials section below to help students improve their communication skills.

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.

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.

Mentors Helping First-Generation College Students

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Learn how tnAchieves helps first generation college students as they prepare for college through mentoring, scholarship opportunities, and advising in this video from American Graduate Day 2013. The steps required to prepare for, apply to, and finance a college education are challenging for all students, but they can be especially daunting when you are the first person in your family to pursue higher education. tnAchieve helps students with challenging tasks, such as completing the FAFSA application, and connects the students with mentors. Use the FAFSA Guide handout in the Support Materials section to help students apply for financial aid.

Graphic Organizers in the Classroom

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Watch both a 5th-grade teacher and his students explain how they use graphic organizers to write reports.

Should High School Students Take College Courses?

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Hear how one school district is trying to better prepare students for college with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from August 18, 2015.

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