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Black Youth Project: Community Schools as a Solution to the Education Dilemma

The Black Youth Project blog covers a variety of socially-impacting topics to young African Americans such as Black feminism, race relations, and hip hop. In this entry, blogger "Jonathan" explains how the help of a nonprofit housed in his high school helped him overcome many of the social difficulties that hindered his education. Merging community resources into failing schools is the best way to address the failings of education policy, he says in his blog.
The blog is a part of the Black Youth Project, which was a national research project that started eight years ago. The project examines the interests of African Americans between the ages of 15-25 and how it affects their views and decision-making on a variety of issues.
"Jonathan" explains how homophobia, lack of safety, and other factors hindered him during high school. It wasn’t until he was introduced to the nonprofit Facing Our History and Ourselves (FHAO) his sophomore year that he was able to find an outlet for intellect.
He was ultimately introduced to the Harlem’s Children Zone in New York City two years ago and has since been converted into a community schools believer.

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