For Youth, Education Program Gives Hope After Incarceration

Jun. 18, 2015 / By

Nestled away in the far eastside of Long Beach is an educational center of hope.

At Rosie the Riveter Youth Program, “at-risk” youth are considered “at-promise”, and receive an accredited high school education and job training. Many of them have been incarcerated, kicked out of school, or are foster youth.

The school’s practices utilize transformative justice, mental health counseling, and boasts a 91 percent rate for student academic and job placement following graduation. In the video above, we speak to staff and a youth about what impact the school’s progressive operating philosophy has had on them.

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Michael Lozano

Michael is an editor and multimedia journalist born to Mexican parents who started their own Domestic Violence counseling center in Southeast Los Angeles. His mentorship has provided youth opportunities to share their stories online on NPR, KCET, the Long Beach Post, and other national websites. His articles have been syndicated and translated into multiple languages via New America Media and ImpreMedia, the nation’s largest Spanish-language news publisher. He was a fellow with UCLA's Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, and has recently been a Votebeat Reporter for CalMatters and the Long Beach Post. Michael graduated from CSULB in 2011 with research honors in Sociology and a Journalism minor. Follow his work @chicanochico on Twitter and @thechicanochicoreport on Instagram.