Pedro Albizu Campos High School
Located in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, this school uses a cultural and community
focus to help young dropouts return to school and graduate.
Tricia faced a dysfunctional and abusive family situation before dropping out. She later joined the
FACE (Family and Child Education) program at Enemy Swim Day School.
YouthBuild, a national program combining academics with mentoring and construction career training
for young people, 16 to 24 years old.
Hasan had learning disabilities, was arrested at age 11 and expelled from every school he attended.
Yet, he earned a GED® diploma, college and law degrees, and served as Commissioner of Juvenile
Justice for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Academy of Hope
Located in one of the poorest areas of Washington D.C. with the highest dropout rates, Academy
of Hope successfully creates a caring and supportive learning community.
Kellie Blair Hardt
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.
Lake Area Technical Institute
The Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota is an award-winning institution focused
on educating students so they can get a job upon graduation.
In February 2012, the PBS program Frontline aired a follow-up story to one they had done more than
a decade earlier that featured Victor Rios as a teenage gang member who left the streets, returned
to school, and eventually became a college professor.
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