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

Artist Track
Blockhead Insomniac Olympics
Blockhead Road Rage Breakdown
Blockhead Attack the Doctor
The Pharcyde Somethin’ That Means Something
Bexar Bexar Sweet Devil
Bexar Bexar A Little More South
Bexar Bexar Window Piece
Glenn Kotche Monkey Chant
Soul Position Share This
Philip Glass Molly is a Dreamer
Robert Glasper Twice
Quantic In the Key of Blue
Quantic Snakes in the Grass
RJD2 Here’s What’s Left
RJD2 Unlimited (Instrumental)
The Octopus Project Bruise
Balmorhea Harm & Boon (Anton Remix)
DJ Shadow Giving Up the Ghost
Kid Loco Don’t Forget the Fourth Track
Bonobo The Plug (Quantic Remix)
Bonobo Magic Man
Bonobo Nothing Owed
Hugh Maldoro I Know a Little Cuban