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LEBRON JAMES OPENS NEW SCHOOL TO HELP AT-RISK STUDENTS IN OHIO

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More than a school, the institution takes a holistic approach to serving children who are growing up in disenfranchised communities just like James did. “I know these kids, basically more than they know themselves,” said James in a video released Sunday. “I’ve walked these same streets. I’ve rode the same bikes on the streets they ride on. I went through the same emotions—the good, the bad, the adversity. Everything these kids are going through—the drugs, the violence, the guns, everything they’re going through as kids, I know.”

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Now accepting new students into our Positioned for Greatness Youth Program (P4GYP)

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Middle school and high school can be the toughest seasons for our children. This program meets your child right where he or she is to help them navigate successfully during this time.

We address issues they face daily in our life skills discussions while helping them plan for the future. Activities and trips will broaden their horizons and introduce them to the many possibilities that exist for life after high school.

This is a learning environment where leadership and community service are the foundation.

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#RethinkSchool: Bringing Hopes and Dreams to Those Most in Need

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Like moths to a light, people from all over the country gravitate to Washington, D.C. – longing to make a difference, witness history and understand the complexities of the political process. I am like many young transplants that moved to D.C. for work and began to understand the social justice issues that threaten those who are native to our nation’s capital.

However I, unlike many other young transplants, had to quickly navigate the complexities of the education system. From my own experience, I know the difference a quality education and support system can make on students growing up in poverty.

So, when I moved to D.C. as the sole caregiver for my teenage sister, I knew exactly what she needed to be able to thrive. She needed a quality education, healthy community and individuals who could serve as mentors. As I researched areas to live and send my sister to school, I discovered Anacostia is home to some of D.C.’s poorest and most violent neighborhoods. From food insecurity to lack of affordable housing, the residents in this community are confronted with daily obstacles.

When I got word that a new charter school, Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA), was opening in Anacostia, I was curious. I wondered if the founder received the same information about the area that I had. I wanted to know her hopes for the school and dreams for the poverty stricken community. Most of all, how they were going to Rethink School.

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Home Schooling Is On the Rise, Lack of Black History a Major Driver Among African-Americans

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A new wave of learning is taking off across the South, as an increasing number of African-Americans are choosing to home school their kids in lieu of the wanting, and often white-washed, curricula taught in public schools.

The National Home Schooling Research Institute estimates that nearly 220,000 African-American children are home schooled in the U.S. The lack of focus on African-American history, as well as the disproportionate disciplining of Black students, are big drivers for Black parents who home school.

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