Improving Graduation Rates for Opportunity Youth: YouthBuild Alumnus Lashon Amadon on MSNBC

July 16, 2015

YouthBuild Brockton alumnus, VOICES member, and National Council of Young Leaders' Lashon Amado appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports with his sister, Ryanna Thomas, and the President and CEO of America’s Promise, John Gomperts. The segment focused on GradNation’s 2015 report, which found that although the national high school graduation rate has risen to 81.4%, the statistics for low income, minority, and special needs students still remain below the national average.

Amado spoke about the about the challenges he faced as a low-income youth face attempting to make his way through the education system. After struggling to succeed, Amado found YouthBuild Brockton. About the program, Amado said, “Because I felt like they cared about me, I was able to open up, and in the meantime I also got to earn my GED, and was able to get some job training by building low income homes.”

He went on to say, “(YouthBuild) helped me develop leadership skills which propelled me onto a path of graduating UMass and serving on my Juvenile Justice council for my state.”

Watch the full segment and learn more about Lashon Amado and the Council here.


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