From Drug Dealing To Diploma, A Teen’s Struggle

Claudio Sanchez:

No statistic in education is more damning than the nation’s dropout rate. Almost 4 million students start ninth grade every year. One in four won’t graduate.
About half of those who drop out every year are black. Most will end up unemployed, and by their mid-30s, six out of 10 will have spent time in prison. In Chicago, one young man dropped out, spent time in jail and is now getting a second chance.
For a kid who’s been hustling and gang-banging on the streets of South Chicago for much of his life, 19-year-old Patrick Lundvick doesn’t look menacing at all.