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Author Davenport, Barbara, 1945- author.

Title Grit and hope : a year with five Latino students and the program that helped them aim for college / Barbara Davenport
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Across the water -- Senior academy -- Looking for a home -- Inventing Reality Changers -- Dangerous enough -- Uphill -- Doing RC : how it works -- Breaking faith, breaking free -- A great small organization -- Undocumented -- Three-day -- Essay crunch -- Santiago Milagro and the four-year plan -- Walking on water -- Reset -- The guy inside -- Rocks on her legs -- Stars and projects and everyone else -- Going the distance with Eduardo -- The guy outside -- Getting in -- The costs of their dreams -- Reckonings -- Scholarship banquet -- The evolution of Reality Changers
Summary "Grit and Hope tells the story of five inner-city Hispanic students who start their college applications in the midst of the country's worst recession and of Reality Changers, the program that aims to help them become the first in their families to go college. This year they must keep up their grades in AP courses, write compelling essays for their applications, and find scholarships to fund their dreams. One lives in a garage and struggles to get enough to eat. Two are academic standouts, but are undocumented, ineligible for state and federal financial assistance. One tries to keep his balance as his mother gets a life-threatening diagnosis; another bonds with her sister when their parents are sidelined by substance abuse. The book also follows Christopher Yanov, the program's youthful, charismatic founder in a year that's as critical for Reality Changers' future as it is for the seniors. Yanov wants to grow Reality Changers into national visibility. He's doubled the program's size, and hired new employees, but he hasn't anticipated that growing means he'll have to surrender some control, and trust his new staff. It's the story of a highly successful, yet flawed organization that must change in order to grow. Told with deep affection and without sentimentality, the students stories show that although poverty and cultural deprivation seriously complicate youths' efforts to launch into young adulthood, the support of a strong program makes a critical difference"--Provided by publisher
Analysis american higher education
american universities
ap courses
application process
college applications
college scholarships
colleges and universities
first generation students
high school students
higher education
hispanic students
inner city students
reality changers
secondary education
students and schools
substance abuse
undocumented immigrants
undocumented students
united states of america
young adult
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record and CIP data provided by publisher
Subject Reality Changers (Program)
SUBJECT Reality Changers (Program) fast
Subject Hispanic American high school students -- California -- San Diego -- Case studies
College applications -- California -- San Diego -- Case studies
EDUCATION -- Administration -- General.
EDUCATION -- Organizations & Institutions.
College applications
Hispanic American high school students
California -- San Diego
Genre/Form Case studies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016007272
ISBN 9780520960077