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Why the right to an education is in jeopardy

children, special needs, foster care, Los Angeles, Pasadena, education

This week the Noble Peace Prize was awarded to the young Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai for her heroic struggle to secure the right for education for all girls in her native Pakistan. In doing so, she has become a voice…

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Don’t Miss this Emotional and Moving Graduation “Statement”

A much anticipated and highlight of each school year at the Hillsides Education Center is the graduation. This year, 11 seniors graduated–the largest class in the history of the school.  The graduation ceremony is an opportunity for the members of…

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Foster care and education

While watching the State of the Union address on Tuesday I was reminded of how challenging it is to move beyond worthy aspirations and truly effect change. In the world of partisan gridlock I can’t help but wonder what if…

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Strategy for independence

The New York Times recently had a great exposé on former foster youth and their challenges to get a college degree. The article featured numerous youth in Los Angeles and the Guardian Scholars program that supports former foster youth with…

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Commencement: Untold Story

The Hillsides Education Center had its 29th graduation on Tuesday, June 4. One of the graduates chose a quote from Maya Angelou to describe what motivates her: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Graduation…

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