Since 1994, YouthBuild has trained 110,000 high school dropouts around the country to put up houses for their community and think critically in the classroom while earning their GEDs or diplomas. As part of the American Graduate series, Paul Solman reports on a program designed to keep kids learning inside and outside of class.
From PBS NewsHour:Trying to entice wayward students back to class in Las Vegas, Chaparral High School Principal David Wilson led teams into communities to knock on doors in search of dropouts. Ray Suarez reports on an offbeat approach starting to show some signs of success in a city that ranks near the bottom in the nation for graduation rates.
Chris DeSimio is On the Money with a Cincinnati charter school using monetary incentives to keep the students coming to class and achieving behavior and academic goals. Dohn Community High School’s Principal Ramone Davenport and Chief Administrative Officer Kenneth Furrier discuss this unique, and controversial, program.
According to a new national report, the number of Ohio schools with graduation rates of sixty percent or less increased dramatically during the last decade. But the 2010 graduation rate district-wide for Cincinnati Public Schools increased to over eighty-one percent.
Guests include: Cincinnati Public Schools Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Smith President and CEO of Civic Enterprises, John Bridgeland Vice President of KnowledgeWorks Ohio, Andrew Benson
Nationally, only seven in ten students complete high school. While many students have the will to graduate, they often don't have the necessary support. But research shows having a mentor increases a young person's chances of success.
Guests include: Cincinnati Youth Collaboration Vice President of Mentoring, Simone Bess Cincinnati Youth Collaboration Mentoring Coordinator, Donald Swain Darryl Long, member of the CYC mentoring program