SUMMARY OF THE SHOW
On today's show, we take a moment to remember one of our Peace Fund Heroes, Claire Wineland, who was taken from us much too early. Adrian brings us an interview with Peter Blackwell, the Executive Director of Reach Out, a nonprofit in London. Later in the show Bruce Gale talks with this week's Kid Hero, Jelani Jones.
There are 1.8 billion young people in the world today, representing a staggering amount of human potential. Yet too many of them are trapped in poverty, with few opportunities to learn or to earn a decent living.
Adolescence is a major transition period and an important window of opportunity to shape the healthy and successful development of future generations.
Where poverty is found, so too, is academic struggle. In schools with some of the highest concentrations of poverty and minority children, students are a third as likely to pass state exams as students at schools of higher affluence. And at several of such high schools, they’re half as likely to graduate.