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Oakland Tries to Even the Odds for African American Boys

Watch Complete Episode: August 23, 2013 »

In a collaboration between KQED and the San Francisco Chronicle series Even Odds, we offer an in-depth look at the daunting challenges faced by African American males in Oakland, and the city's attempt to address them. Three years ago, the Oakland Unified School District faced an alarming statistic -- more than half of its African American boys would not graduate. The troubling dropout rate had many factors at play: poverty, crime, high suspension rates and rising absenteeism. The district responded by opening the Office of African American Male Achievement. Its mission is to improve academic outcomes for black boys by pairing them with black men. While race-based, community mentorship is not new, for a public school system it was controversial. The early results are encouraging, but it remains to be seen whether this novel approach will actually work.

SF Chronicle video profile of Tiago Robinson:



Guests:

  • Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Tiago Robinson, Oakland High School
  • Pedro Noguera, New York University
 

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Homeless College Student
Homeless U: How Students Study and Survive on the Streets

As part of its SF Homeless Project, KQED profiles college students who live in cars, couch surf and sneak into campus buildings to spend the night.

Film School Shorts: Sequin Raze
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Featuring the best short student films from major institutions like NYU, Columbia University, UCLA, USC and University of Texas, that have wowed audiences at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride and SXSW.

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