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Where We’re Going: Breaking Through Barriers

Where We’re Going: Breaking Through Barriers

“You can’t go fly in there like Superman with a cape on.” That’s Brianna Roach’s warning against miscalculating how to support individuals’ efforts to reach education and employment goals. Indeed, when it comes to student success, sometimes the challenge and the opportunity are the same thing. But sometimes they’re not. Sometimes, a challenge is a challenge and it shows up in the form of a person or a policy that gets in the way of progress. In these videos, we hear from Brianna and other Partners for Postsecondary Success student leaders on how they broke through barriers of low expectations and learning challenges. They also discuss how they are using their experiences to give other students the tools to break through those same barriers.

Who stood in your way? Who opened a door for you? from MDC on Vimeo.

What'€™s one barrier that you needed help to overcome? from MDC on Vimeo.

Deborah Molina from MDC on Vimeo.

The stories of student leaders: Are boys and young men receptive to working with women? from MDC on Vimeo.

This is the eighth installment in a series called “Where We’re Going: Places on the Road to the North Star,” which explores lessons from the past three years of the Partners for Postsecondary Success (PPS) initiative and looks ahead, toward the North Star goals the partner cities are aiming to achieve. These videos were recorded at the PPS April 2013 Learning Institute.PPS, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and led by MDC, is an effort by partnerships in Amarillo, TX; Brownsville, TX; Raleigh, NC; and affiliate site Charlotte, NC, to increase the number of low-income young adults getting postsecondary credentials that lead to living-wage jobs.