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At Risk Youth Graduation

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Augusta, GA - At a time when students are encouraged not to take selfies or try crazy stunts while walking across the graduation stage.
Many students right here in augusta are happy to have the opportunity to finish their education.
Newschannel Six's Kimberely Scott has the story.

For some students graduating from High School is one of many steps they'll take in their lifetime. While others won't walk across a stage, because they didn't walk into the classroom.

Miranda McVean is a student, "my goal is to finish high school I really didn't realize how important it was to do work my freshman year. So I kinda messed up my freshman year and now I'm trying to catch up my credits.

Miranda isn't alone. Each year there are many students in the Richmond County School system who drop out of school, but for those who want another chance of reaching graduation, the richmond county performance learning center is there to help.      

Anthony Williams, "when I came here I figured it will be a program that they just give to students that lost their way in traditional high school. Since I got here I see that it is completely different. It's tailored for individuals who need that extra kick.

Anthony is a student at Hephzibah High School who will graduate next year...he found new hope just like, Deeric Bryant.

Deeric Bryant is a student, "I was suppose to graduate last year, but I'm finna graduate this year. If it wasn't for this program i'd probably be a drop out."

Students are referred to this program by counselors. the classes are computer based, students take 2 classes every 9 weeks, completing 10 to 12 classes in a school year. Natalie Robinson is the academic supervisor, "whether it be transportation to school, making sure they get food at home or clothes to wear, we try to take out those barriers so they don't have that to worry about."

23 students already graduated from the program, organizers are expecting 20 more before the end of the year.  

Deeric, "I feel like I have another chance another shot at life again. I want to be somebody in life and education is everything. I have a second chance to get a high school diploma."

Miranda, I really like it, for people who need a second chance. It's given me a second chance.

The Performance Learning Center at Tubman Education Center offers hundreds of students the alternative path they need to make it to graduation.

Once the students complete the program, they go back to the school they came from to graduate with their classmates.

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