Some of my favorite listens and reads from this past week.  Ready. Set. Go.

  1. Storytelling from Jonas Monast about his first love as part of WUNC’s “American Graduate project, a public media initiative looking at the drop out crisis and other issues in education.” Amazing attorney and advocate for environmental issues, native Tarheel, and all around amazing person he doesn’t disappoint. Listen here.
  2. Making a Difference Down in the Dump gives a brief glimpse of the poverty of Phnom Penh and the great work that the Cambodian Children’s Fund is doing to provide “education, accommodation and healthcare to over 1,200 children in one of the city’s poorest districts.”  Read the full story here.
  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE Dick Gordon’s The Story . . . last Thursday he did a great piece on at-risk public school students and their paths to finding success.

We meet Shi Leach, who always did well in school but fell into a bad routine at his high school; skipping classes and blowing off work. He was able to enroll in an Early/Middle College, part of the North Carolina New Schools Project, and the daily guidance and support allowed him to flourish. [Hear an interview with Shi’s principal here.] Listen to the full story here.

Enjoy and have a great week!

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