Dropouts to Graduates: The Story of the Care Center

Care Center (photo by Emily Fitzgerald)

In this episode, SOTRU travels to Holyoke, Massachusetts, home of the Care Center. an alternative school just for pregnant and parenting teens who’ve dropped out of high school. It’s not your typical GED program, either: it’s modeled on a prep school, so students are learning fencing, rowing, yoga and poetry along with basic math and reading. Their personal histories are fraught with homelessness, domestic violence, gangs, food insecurity—the entire student body is living at or below 50 % of the poverty level, and 2/3rds of them dropped out of high school by the 10th grade. Despite all that, between 70 and 85 percent of Care Center students go on to college. In this American Graduate special, State of the Re:Union goes deep inside this school—learning its philosophy and the life stories of students and teachers—to explore what it takes to turn a teen mom’s life around.

Photo Source: Emily Fitzgerald

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Episode Music

ArtistTrack
BlockheadInsomniac Olympics
BlockheadRoad Rage Breakdown
BlockheadAttack the Doctor
The PharcydeSomethin’ That Means Something
Bexar BexarSweet Devil
Bexar BexarA Little More South
Bexar BexarWindow Piece
Glenn KotcheMonkey Chant
Soul PositionShare This
Philip GlassMolly is a Dreamer
Robert GlasperTwice
QuanticIn the Key of Blue
QuanticSnakes in the Grass
RJD2Here’s What’s Left
RJD2Unlimited (Instrumental)
The Octopus ProjectBruise
BalmorheaHarm & Boon (Anton Remix)
DJ ShadowGiving Up the Ghost
Kid LocoDon’t Forget the Fourth Track
BonoboThe Plug (Quantic Remix)
BonoboMagic Man
BonoboNothing Owed
Hugh MaldoroI Know a Little Cuban