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For fourth straight year, Chicago high school graduates all college-bound

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Chicago hasn’t been receiving the best attention for its educational offerings to students in the city. But one college preparatory academy is continuing to make leaps and bounds. For the fourth straight year, Urban Prep Charter Academies’ campuses in Englewood and University Village will be sending its entire senior class to college this fall. 

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Graduation Part IV: Building Up Youth

“I fear death, I’m young I have a whole life ahead of me, I don’t want to start gang-banging and then people are killing people for no reason now. So it’s like I don’t want to gang-bang and walk down the street and get killed,  that takes away my life…but It’s going to hurt the […]

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New documentary explores high school dropout epidemic

While the high school dropout rate has declined over time, it is still an epidemic. A documentary, executive produced by Usher and created by Jason Pollack, seeks to explore the trend in hopes of keeping our youth in school.

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Students can’t graduate unless they get accepted into college

An Oregon high school wants to add an additional requirement to their graduation policy. Corbett High School’s principal wants to mandate that each student apply for and get accepted into a college.

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Reality Superstar Uses Platform to Motivate Young America

Candice “Dice” Dixon from VH-1′s “La-La’s Full Court Life” is on a mission to motivate. Black Youth Project contributor, Rashad J. Smith, spoke with Dice about her plans for the future to make positive impact on young America. With a Master’s Degree in Occupational and Safety Health Administration from North Carolina A&T, and major celebrity […]

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Higher Learning: Summer M.’s Freshman Orientation Post

One of the first memories I have of my first year in college is Jell-O wrestling.  I have absolutely no idea how, on the last Saturday night before classes started, my new roommates and I — perhaps on our way to some black(er?) social event — ended up amongst a crowd of fellow co-eds, standing […]

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Commencement Season: On Not Going to College

And to think blacks spend all this money on big colleges, still most of y’all come out confused. – Arrested Development A few weeks ago, N’s daughter, E came into the living room, and asked us if she’d be “ruining [her] life” by traveling for a few years after high school before she went to […]

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Commencement Season: On 8th Grade Graduation

When I was a kid, many, many eons ago, I didn’t get allowance for doing things like dishes or vacuuming the floor or cleaning my room.  My parents, I assume in an effort to get me ready for life, didn’t believe that one should be rewarded for doing things she was supposed to do.  It […]

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