PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Greater than 200 former highschool dropouts marched down North Broad Road Wednesday. It was only one step within the effort to reclaim their schooling.
Their indicators learn “Keep Targeted” and “Schooling is Now” as they marched from Broad and Poplar Streets to the Hampton Inn at thirteenth and Race Streets the place they’ll formally grow to be college students as soon as once more.
“Earlier than I used to be right here I didn’t actually care about nothing, then I got here right here, it’s all constructive power,” says Shaney Campbell, 18.
Frustration lead Campbell to drop out of highschool, however she determined to provide it one other attempt to enrolled in YouthBuild Philadelphia Constitution Faculty. Her objective is to review actual property and development and transfer her life ahead, however first she needed to full six days of psychological toughness workshops.
“They ensure your mindset is in the proper place,” says Campbell, who has plans to attend school after she graduates from YouthBuild in a yr.
“Lots of people up to now informed them they wouldn’t quantity to something, so we give them a brand new begin,” says Patricia Rozier, a case supervisor at YouthBuild.
Rozier says the varsity will get a 1,000 candidates a yr and whittles them right down to about 220 youth, ages 18 to twenty. She says the scholars should take the life expertise and mindset coaching earlier than they’re accepted into this system, and a few don’t make it by way of.
“We would like them to placed on new resilience and reclaim their schooling,” says Rozier. “They now have a dream when a number of them felt like they might not obtain issues like going again to high school due to psychological well being points or different issues.”
Rozier says college students can earn their highschool diploma and get licensed in quite a lot of areas. She says most of the college students graduate and go on to school.
“I ended going to West Philadelphia Excessive and I got here right here for a second probability,” says Dejaun Reed, 18.
Reed says he was very impatient and had an angle that obtained him in hassle, however has modified his mindset.
“My individuals expertise are higher,” he says. “As an alternative of coming off the incorrect approach, they train you endurance and I’ve made new buddies.”
Reed says he’ll take the Inexperienced Construct monitor and study putting in photo voltaic panels.
“I need to assist my surroundings,” he says, “I would like extra alternatives. I need a profession.”
Campell says she needs the identical; she is going to research actual property and development.
“I plan to go to a 4-yr school,”…