Arne Duncan: Obama Should Focus On Our Kids [Time]
We’ve made further progress by investing in innovative community partnerships like Diplomas Now, which help schools track student attendance, grades and behavioral issues. Mobilizing a dedicated network of mentors, counselors and community programs for youth, Diplomas Now helps at-risk students overcome vast challenges at home and in the classroom and stay motivated through graduation day.
A Day in the Life of Another City Year Corps Member [Rivard Report]
I leave my house at 5 a.m., take three VIA buses, walk four blocks later, and arrive by 7:30 a.m. Every morning, I walk through dimly lit streets, the sun not yet peeking out over the bungalows and businesses still at rest. I see many things: parents walking their children to school, broken glass and trash littering the streets, and one small flower and gift shop after the other – most of them not open for several more hours – as I make my way to Jeremiah Rhodes Middle School.
City Year Works to Reverse Drop-Out Numbers [MSNBC]
Kids who drop out are eight times as likely to become incarcerated and three times more likely to be unemployed. Ty Reeves and Erica Hamilton of City Year New York discuss how their organization is working to change those numbers.