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HOLYOKE, Mass. — The statistics don’t paint a pretty picture of Holyoke. It has the highest rates of birth, poverty, unemployment and high school dropouts, respectively, in the state of Massachusetts. So why is The Care Center, a Holyoke organization that helps poor women get their GED, using Shakespeare and Plato as their guides?
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Teen mothers are getting a taste of the prep school experience, replete with studying the classics from Dante to Shakespeare, through an innovative program in Massachusetts.

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The Holyoke program is based on the belief that exposure to art, literature, history and philosophy can be life-changing for young people who have grown up in what executive director Anne Teschner calls "the quicksand of poverty."

Pictured left to right, Brendaliz Rivera, who is working on her GED, Anne Teschner, executive director, and Tashia Davis, a student at Holyoke Community College, will represent The Care Center of Holyoke when the organization receives a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from first lady Michelle Obama in Washington.

 


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Charleston Clemente Project: Hope Through the Humanities
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Their approach to helping those stuck at the bottom of society involves enriching the mind to foster confidence and a love of learning.
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A lifelong learner, Ethel Stafford graduates from Extension School with plans for new career.
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A benefit for the Trident Clemente course
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Eighth Annual Event as Inspiring and Uplifting as Ever
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Humanities in Perspective graduates 15
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The Champaign-Urbana, and North and South Side of Chicago Courses are now recruiting. For more information, please check the course sites in our Course Directory, under COURSES.
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Edgar Allan Poe Play to Benefit Charleston Clemente Course at TTC
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The Civic Knowledge Project presents, "Taking Education to the Streets"
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It Takes Courage to Complete Clemente
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Homeless, disadvantaged soak up knowledge in humanities class
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A panel discussion featuring distinguished representatives from leading community organizations in Chicago involved in the development of Promise Zone initiatives:

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In Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, students bring rich perspectives to the study of university-level humanities.
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Years ago I sat in yet another interminable college-wide meeting concerning looming budget cuts. Years ago! "Make a case for the Humanities," the President challenged us, quite a believer in the arts herself. I couldn't think of any other way to put my answer: "Study of the Humanities just might save the planet." I am more convinced than ever.


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This National Newsletter provides a space where all at the Clemente Australia sites can share their journeys with students, lecturers, Learning Partners, program coordinators and many supporters.



Artist Jonathan Green to talk to Clemente graduates at the Charleston Clemente Course graduation Dec. 16
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Chicago Tribune article by Barbara Brotman.
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