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(AJC) — Out of four kids, Dontavious Taylor is the first high school graduate and first to attend college from his family. A former student of Project GRAD Atlanta, the English major at Morehouse College credits a lot of his educational success to the organization that is dedicated to increasing the number of high school and college graduates from economically disadvantaged communities. “Nowadays, college degrees are required to be competitive at any level whether it is an associate’s or bachelor’s,” said Executive Director Yolanda Watson Spiva. “Our programs really allow us to develop a more educated citizenry which is competitive and a lot of them return back to the city and benefit the local economy.”
(Chicago News Cooperative) — A sidewalk or park bench is not a bed. But for a few too many youths, either can be refuge from a home they’re compelled to leave behind. That also explains the juxtaposition in signage at a resolutely retro-looking White Castle, first of the venerable hamburger chains, on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The white and blue sign outside heralds both the high-caloric lure inside and a needed respite from the heat: “20 Chicken Rings 4.99 Ice Bags $1.79 $2.79.” But there’s also a yellow and black diamond-shaped decal in the window that simply declares, “Safe Place.” It’s part of the Chicago version of a program financed by the Department of Justice and aimed at public awareness of youth safety. The program is being rolled out in six cities over the next eight months. Chicago, the largest participating city, is first up, with a focus on youth homelessness; Denver follows, with an emphasis on child sexual abuse in bilingual communities.