March 30, 2015
“I am a product of After School Matters,” Hopkins said, “and it has a special place in my heart because of that.”… During NIU’s recent… More ›
My name is Torres Hughes and I am a 17-year-old senior at Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA). I know about new research showing that there are 6.7 million “disconnected youth” in the U.S. — young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school and are not working. That might have been me — but it isn’t. Here’s why.
Two experiences in particular changed my life: through my high school, I am an apprentice in the Beverage Industry Products and Profits program sponsored by Chicago’s After School Matters. I am also the Youth Organizer for The Center for Labor and Community Research.
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