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  • Community College: A Stepping Stone to Success

    Royal Oak High School

    Many students do not have the financial or academic means to go to a four-year college or university straight out of high school. SRL reporters at Royal Oak High School in Michigan explore how community college provides more affordable pathways for students to earn credits and fulfill requirements before transferring to a university.

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  • Rethinking Language Barriers

    Legacy Early College High School

    For non-native English speakers, language barriers can be overwhelming. Sometimes, doing menial tasks, like paying bills, falls on younger generations in the family. Reporters at Legacy Early College spoke with students and teachers about the effects of these communication hurdles.

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  • Grappling With Student Debt

    Royal Oak High School

    In the middle-class town of Royal Oak, Michigan, many students take out loans to attend college. The rising cost of college loans is affecting students’ choices about which college to attend, and the careers they pursue after graduation. In this piece, college graduates and college counselors offer advice about how to minimize student debt.

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  • Big Ideas, Little Money

    Blackstone-Millville Regional High School

    Educational opportunities in certain public school districts in Massachusetts are affected by the economic disparities between regional towns in the state. Students from Blackstone-Millville Regional High School look at the ways these disparities affect their school community.

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  • Pathways to Affordable Education

    Dominion High School

    Born in Peru, Sebastian Yupanqui never thought he could afford to go to a four-year university in America, until he discovered the Pathways Program at Northern Virginia Community College.

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  • Utah’s Refugee Women

    Judge Memorial Catholic High School

    Nearly half of the approximately 65,000 refugees currently living in Utah are women and children. SRL students from Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City explore the challenges facing young refugees when adjusting to life in the United States.

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  • Fighting Social Anxieties

    Etiwanda High School

    Most people have at least some discomfort around public speaking, but can it be a barrier for education and future success? Student reporters at Etiwanda High School explored the fear of public speaking with experts, teachers and students.

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  • Zip Code Insights

    Youth from different zip codes around Knoxville, Tennessee compare the opportunities and resources available in their neighborhoods.

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  • Wrestling to Higher Ed

    Northview High School

    Student reporters at Northview High School explore how the girls wrestling program at their school provides pathways for female athletes to attend and succeed in college.

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  • Creating Safe Spaces

    Hallie Wells Middle School

    Through Resource class, students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) at Hallie Wells Middle School in Maryland have the opportunity to do their homework with the help of specialized Resource teachers.

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  • Restorative Circles

    Independence High School

    The Restorative Circles program at Independence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina gives students the opportunity to talk openly about mental health and learn different ways to cope with the everyday pressures of high school.

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  • B-Great

    Pine Crest School

    In Margate, Florida, the non-profit organization B-Great provides open mic opportunities and performing venues for underprivileged artists.

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  • Hooked on Literacy

    Christopher Columbus

    SRL reporter Joseph Fernandez talked to students and faculty at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Florida about Explorer Reads. Participants of the early literacy program gather, distribute and read books to children who are learning to read.

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  • Miss Arc Broward

    Pine Crest School

    In Florida, Arc Broward’s annual pageant celebrates and empowers young women with disabilities. For Mahogani Gibson, it helped her break out of her comfort zone and taught her about perseverance.

     

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  • Social Connections

    West Ranch High School

    In Southern California, West Ranch High School senior Maggie Lin organizes weekly visits to a local elementary school classroom for students with special needs.

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  • Inclusive Leadership

    Maui High School

    The Special Olympics Unified Schools program at Maui High School in Hawaii creates inclusive leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities.

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  • Boom or Bust: Stay or Go

    Morgantown High School

    Young West Virginians wrestle with the decision to leave the state they love in search of economic security. The recent boom in natural gas pipeline construction is offering opportunities, but some are concerned the industry is only producing temporary jobs and further compounding the brain-drain of young, educated talent.

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  • Real-world Training

    Wauwatosa East High School

    At Milwaukee Area Technical College in Wisconsin, students are given an affordable option to receive hands-on training and experience in video journalism.

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  • Teens for Tots

    Frederick V Pankow Center

    Teens for Tots in L’Anse Creuse, Michigan teaches high school students about early childhood education while providing a valuable daycare service to the community.

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  • Closing the Skills Gap

    Middle Creek High School

    In this 360-degree video, SRL reporter Ethan Schwindt talks to students who are taking advantage of vocational training through Skills USA, a career and technical organization.

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  • Transitioning to College

    Windsor High School

    First-generation college student Valerie Perez and graduating high school senior Eymard Bracamontes describe how the AVID program has prepared them for the challenges of higher education.

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  • Building Inclusion

    Middle Creek High School

    Middle Creek High School in Apex, North Carolina is one of the only schools in the district that offers a program like Peer Networks, which brings together students to socialize with their peers in the special education program.

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  • Breaking Stereotypes With Dance

    Pine Crest School

    High schooler Sumeet Gulati created a competitive dance team in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to showcase Punjabi culture in his local community.

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