My Summer as a Champion

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Time sure flies, but memories and adult influences last forever.  Today, at 24 years old I still cherish my memories of the camp where I spent my summers until the age of thirteen. Summer camp was not only a time to enjoy life, but it instilled in me the values of teamwork, leadership, dedication and friendship.  These values didn’t come by accident, they were modeled and supported by my camp

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Closing the digital divide on the inside

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Tens of thousands of kids nationally have been sentenced to live in secure juvenile justice facilities. Many of them, including some of the girls at Wyoming, are failing in school or far behind when they get there. Read more of the article by Adriene Hill below.

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Inspiration to stay in school can come from extracurricular activities

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Young adults need a source of inspiration to motivate them, find relevancy in school, and work towards graduation. Inspirations can come in many forms, in some cases, finding an extracurricular activity that ignites a sense of purpose and passion. 

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Nationwide, 81 percent of students graduated on time in the 2012-13 school year!

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The United States Department of Education announced February 12th that the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 81 percent in 2012-2013. This is the highest rate since states adopted the adjusted cohort graduation rate in 2010. "Because of increases over the past decade or so, nearly two million additional young people have high school diplomas, giving them a ...

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Middle School, Youth Need to find a Connection

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Middle school can be a trying time students.  Youth are becoming more independent, can have strong peer influences as they try to fit in, and, for many students, the path to dropping out begins in middle school. 

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Pre-K, the Foundation for the Future

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In 2015, with the ever expanding global economy along with significant advances in technology, Pre-K is now more critical than ever. It is imperative that our youngest be granted access to early education in order to be competitive amongst their peers both here in America and around the globe. Speaking from experience, I can understand and appreciate the value of Pre-K.

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90% by 2020

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Welcome to the American Graduate Blog! One of the critical prerequisites to having a good job or a steady career in America is an education. An education can open thousands of doors for youth as well as grant them unlimited access to opportunities that many never dream as being remotely possible. However, too often in society, many young students do not make it to the finish line known as Grad

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