Posts Tagged ‘school’

Teenage immigrants starting school

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The Times had a story last week about Ellis Preparatory School in the Bronx, which is dedicated to helping teenage immigrants who have had interrupted schooling—or, in some cases, no formal schooling at all.

Thousands of New York City teenagers are in school for the first time. Many of them, according to Jennifer Medina’s story, are from rural areas of the Dominican Republic, where they grew up far from schools and with the responsibility to help support their family. Others spent years in refugee camps in West Africa or fled persecution or poverty in Asia or Central America.

The challenges for the students and teachers are tremendous, but the kids are full of hope.

The Times story also links to video and some of the students’ memoirs. Check it out!