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Original Air Date: Friday, September 20, 2013

Class Dismissed Cap Radio

Original air date: September 20, 2013

Encore broadcast: December 20, 2013 | 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what’s at stake for their future and ours.


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  • No Regrets, Just Keep It Moving

    Unyque Jackson became pregnant in her senior year of high school. But, she didn’t see that as a reason to drop out. Through a school program providing childcare, credits and moral support, she graduated and is moving on with her life.

  • School or Survival?

    Geronimo Garcia was on the path to dropping out by the time he started kindergarten. He followed his brothers into drugs and gangs. He knows if he doesn’t change his life, he will end up in jail or dead. But it’s hard to break those chains.

  • Family First

    Roosevelt Webb had no choice but to drop out of high school. His father was dying. A friend told Roosevelt about a charter school where he’d get paid to learn a skill while completing his credits. He’d be the first in his family to earn a diploma.

  • Building Futures

    Gina Vongkaeo's future wasn't looking very bright. She dropped out of high school, got in trouble and was serving time for burglary. Despite her mistakes, she didn't give up on herself. She found the support she needed to turn her life around.



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Youth from 12 different cultural communities around San Joaquin County came together to talk about high school dropout. They shared personal experiences and learned how to use mobile phones to express their views.  Hear their  stories and see their photos  on this community media blog RView209.


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Join parents, teachers, youth, and civic leaders in a community dialogue to discuss the challenges facing today’s young people and ways to improve community health. Share stories, explore solutions, get involved. 

Class Dismissed was produced as a project for The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

Music by Podington Bear, Anitek, Scott Collard, and Broke for Free.