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About this edition

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Major funding for this edition of the Notebook was provided through a partnership with Project U-Turn, a citywide campaign to focus public attention on Philadelphia’s dropout crisis and design strategies and leverage investments to resolve it.

The Project U-Turn campaign is led by a citywide collaborative whose members include representatives of the District, city agencies, foundations, youth-serving organizations, parents, and young people. The collaborative, managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, was established by the Philadelphia Youth Council in 2004. Key accomplishments of the collaborative to date include groundbreaking data analyses and work with the District and others to create programs and pathways that reconnect out-of-school and struggling youth.

For general information for youth and families, call 1-877-TURN-180 (Project U-Turn hotline).