Today’s world is constantly changing. The development of technology and industry has changed everything – even compared to just a few decades ago.
So why do we remain stuck accepting centuries-old definitions of schools, and schooling? Preparatory schools are a great example of this.
Traditionally, preparatory schools were created to prepare young students for college. Usually, prep schools focused on preparing children for an Ivy League education – and traditionally, this is still their association.
We may think of prep schools as “stuffy”, or reserved only for the wealthy, and the upper class. But at YouthBuild Prep, we don’t believe in preserving these old definitions of preparatory school.
We’re part of a new “urban prep” revolution that’s spreading across the country. Learn more now. By focusing on useful, day-to-day skills as well as traditional schooling, we’re preparing a new kind of student for our modern world.
YouthBuild Providence will begin the 2017-2018 program cycle on October 16, 2017. Over 50 young people will be invited to join us in the Mental Toughness process!
By Cesar Ramirez, Construction Trainer
When I came to YouthBuild Providence as a student, it was because I felt it was my last chance to get my GED. I was tired of working warehouse jobs and wanted something better for myself. Joining YouthBuild, I realized that it was more than just a school, we’re a family.
When most students look at the clock hoping the bell would ring so they can run out into the world – Raul Lanzo stays back and take full advantage of teachers, tutors, and interns who are ready and willing to offer additional assistance with projects, homework, and online classes.
Mr. Lanzo is 18 years old and a native of Syracuse, New York and dreams of becoming forensic specialist where he can help solve unsolved murders. He also plans to open a small barbershop while working on his dream.
Raul has a 4.0 GPA and a 98% attendance after making a promise to the Executive Director if he would be allowed to attend YouthBuild he would come to school every day and on time. Mr. Lanzo lived up to his end of the promise., he has only missed a day due to illness with permission for Mr. Hubbard. Raul is an obvious example of resilience and dedication.
Lucia Cipriano, a Student and Vice President of the Student Council at YouthBuild Providence pursuing her high school diploma with the hopes of becoming a police officer.
After graduation, Lucia plans to join the police Academy in hopes of working in narcotics. Currently, she works full-time at Memorial Hospital as a security officer while attending YouthBuild but maintains a 95% attendance record and a 3.85-grade point average.
Lucia recently went to Washington DC to represent YouthBuild Providence at the COYL. Because of her experience, she plans to join 1000 leaders network to be part of the conference of young leaders.
By Anthony Hubbard
Discourse about race dominates American life
‘Race’ is the ugly word that dominates American life in a near complete negative manner despite the fact that large portions of the country voted twice to elect an African American president. The term race forces us to confront horrid factors such as institutionalized discrimination, widespread poverty and paranoia, distrust and despair, criminal justice failings, police brutality, and widespread racial discrimination.
In the current scenario, conversations about race extend well beyond the plight of millions of blacks. It covers Latinos, Asians, Muslims, and several persecuted minorities. Open up a prominent national newspaper or switch on cable news, and you’ll find several horrific news stories that ensure that racism remains an omnipresent conversational topic and with good reason. At most schools and colleges, we fail to sensitize America’s children about race issues at an age when their minds are very vulnerable to internalizing subtle forms of racism. Successful classroom engagement is essential to reducing problems related to race in our society.