Fri. Sep. 20 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Watch as we explore themes of race, poverty and the importance of mentors. Features archival footage of Victor Rios as a teen gang member filmed for a 1994 FRONTLINE documentary.
Meet Dr. Victor Rios, a high school dropout and former gang member turned award-winning professor, author, and expert on the school-to-prison pipeline. He works with young people who have been pushed out of school for reasons beyond their control.
"Victor Rios is a success today. But he was on the brink of failure and a future defined by poverty and incarceration until one caring person, in his case, a teacher, helped him to stay on the path to learning and achievement. Today Victor inspires young people facing similar challenges," said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. "'The Pushouts' is part of the CPB-funded American Graduate public media initiative. American Graduate public media stations work with business and community leaders to identify American Graduate champions, who mentor young people and help them stay on the path to a high school diploma."
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