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Paying former gang members to go to college? This program does — and it seems to be working.

By Valerie Strauss August 26

Who would pay former gang members to help them go to college? A program in Dorchester, a neighborhood in Boston, is doing just that — and for some of its students, it seems to be working.

The nonprofit organization College Bound Dorchester — which works to help at-risk prepare for and successfully attend college — […]

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Boston nonprofit partners with colleges to help former gang members get degrees

Matt Jackson, 34, recently wrapped up his first full semester at Bunker Hill Community College in Massachusetts. He hopes to have an associate degree by 2019 and eventually add bachelor’s and master’s degrees to his collection.

Jackson got his GED while he was in prison in 2004, two years before he was released back onto […]

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Apolitical: Boston is paying gang members $400 a week to go to college

A Boston non-profit is paying gang members in the city’s poorest, most dangerous neighbourhoods to earn their high school equivalency and go to college. In the three-year pilot, College Bound Dorchester plans to keep gang members and ex-offenders on the straight and narrow by offering them a $400 weekly incentive. For comparison, having someone […]

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Why Boston Is Paying Ex-Gang Members To Go To College

The deal: $400 a week to stay in school. Is it worth it?

ANDREW ZALESKI

On a Tuesday in late May, Antonio Franklin sits in a makeshift classroom in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, ten years to the day after he stepped foot inside Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk to serve nine years for aggravated assault against a […]

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The Hechinger Report: OPINION: Here’s a solution to urban poverty — pay former gang members to go to college

by MARK CULLITON May 29, 2017
Convicted felons, former gang members and school dropouts don’t typically get scholarships to go to college. In fact, they aren’t expected to go to college at all: fewer than one percent go to college.

Students who have taken years to earn their high school equivalency, some while serving time in prison, […]

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Boston Metro: Nonprofit pays former gang members to attend college in hopes of ending systemic poverty

Boston Uncornered will help gang-involved youth have greater access to opportunity, according to College Bound Dorchester.
By Kristin Toussaint Published : May 30, 2017 | Updated : May 30, 2017
To Antonio Franklin, growing up in Dorchester was like being in the middle of a war.
He was surrounded by guns, gangs and violence, and under the weight of […]

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The Christian Science Monitor: From gang life to college, one paycheck at a time

Josh Kenworthy

MAY 24, 2017 —Tony Franklin was fresh off a 10-year prison sentence for assaulting a police officer. As he walked into court to see his probation officer he was “down and out,” he says.

As a former gang member from Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, Mr. Franklin was standing at what experts identify as a crossroads: […]

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The Boston Globe: For former gang members, making education pay

By Cristela Guerra GLOBE STAFF  MAY 19, 2017
Inside his 8- by 8-foot cell, Alex Diaz looked at his daughter’s pictures every day.
On the prison walls, she remained 5 years old. Outside, she grew taller, older.

He spent the first eight years of his daughter’s life incarcerated. His daughter was his blood, his kin, but his […]

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The New York Times: One Man Traces His Path From Solitary Confinement to Magna Cum Laude

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYEMAY 13, 2017
BOSTON — A year ago, Kyle L. Gathers, a gang member and longtime drug dealer, was sitting in prison.
On Saturday, he was sitting on the stage for his graduation from vocational school, where he was the student commencement speaker.
“I lived in a neighborhood where hope didn’t exist, where potential […]

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Inside Higher Ed: College Instead of Crime

By Ashley A. Smith May 19, 2017

If college is a key to improving one’s life, one Boston-based nonprofit organization is hoping it’s a key to improving an entire community.

College Bound Dorchester, an organization that works with at-risk youth to encourage them to pursue college, on Thursday announced a new program called Boston Uncornered, which will pay […]

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