•the problem: push out
Once older students are enrolled in school they still struggle to complete their educations. They often have complex responsibilities and obligations and lack the traditional supports necessary to meet their educational goals. This, along with school environments not suited to their needs, tends to push students out of schools.
the solution: alternative paths to graduation
•the problem: literacy AND english
Flanbwayan leads a coalition of community-based immigrant organizations to advocate for students who have not attended school prior to arriving to the United States. These older students need literacy as well as social and emotional supports. Educators must be trained and equipped to remove these barriers from their educational success.
the solution: schools ill-equipped for low-literacy ELLs
•the problem: enrollment
When an eighteen year old who speaks little to no English arrives to NYC seeking an education, they are often placed in schools that do not meet their needs or told to find a GED program that is not designed to support English language development, is not age appropriate and will not provide the student with the chance to earn a high school diploma.
the solution: better opportunities