More Than A Statistic Video

The longer someone is out of school, the harder it is to go back. This program focuses on alternative schools and programs designed to reach young dropouts as soon as possible. The featured profiles are:

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, located in Chicago, Illinois, in a Puerto Rican neighborhood, this school uses a cultural and community focus and individualized and holistic instructional philosophies to help young dropouts return to school and graduate. Interviews with principals, teachers, students, and alumni give evidence to the reasons behind the school’s long, successful track record graduating students who had already been failed by the school system.

YouthBuild, a national program combining academics with mentoring and construction career training for young people, 16 to 24 years old. YouthBuild participants work toward getting their GED credentials or high school diplomas, to prepare for college, to learn vocational skills, and to do hands-on work building low-income housing.

See an extended segment on Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School

Also appearing on More than a Statistic:

  • Ronald Ferguson, professor in the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University and co-director of Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative
  • Matthew Rodriguez, principal, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Judy Diaz, dean of students, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Victor Rios, former dropout and gang member, currently a Professor of Sociology at University of California Santa Barbara, author of Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys
  • Nadia Young, student, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Hasan Davis, former dropout, youth advocate and former Kentucky Commissioner of Juvenile Justice
  • Julian Valentin, student, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Russell Rumberger, professor of education, University of California Santa Barbara and author of Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It
  • Kellie Blair Hardt, GED graduate, currently a special education teacher, Rippon Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Jessie Fuentes, alumna, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tashira Velez, student, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Brittany Hernandez, student, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lynn Rippy, executive director, YouthBuild Louisville
  • Judy Kasey, student services coordinator, YouthBuild Louisville
  • Macie Johnson, student/apprentice, YouthBuild Louisville
  • Andrew Hickok, construction trainer, YouthBuild Louisville
  • Martin Silver, student/apprentice, YouthBuild Louisville
  • Kimani Straub, student/apprentice, YouthBuild Louisville
  • Forest Alderink, operation director, YouthBuild Louisville

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