WaPo Column: Making College a Family Matter

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Nationally syndicated columnist Esther J. Cepeda has written a commentary on the PBS documentary The Graduates/Los Graduados, which premiered last month. 

The film shares the compelling stories of six young Latinos from around the country who beat the odds and achieved success in school. Featured in this nationwide premiere is Bronx-born Chastity Salas, a Children’s Aid Society community school alumna and current freshman at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Ms. Cepeda's column, "Making college a family matter," explores what she calls “a nearly universal barrier to low-income, first-generation college students: leaving an impoverished family behind in order to better yourself.”

Ms. Cepeda quotes Chastity, as well as Emily Task, citing their work together at FLHFHS’s Student Success Center to prepare Chastity for college.

You can watch the entire one-hour documentary here.

Join the online conversation about this film and the ways to curb the high school dropout rate. Visit the film’s Facebook page and use the hashtag #TheGraduates/#LosGraduados on Twitter to show your support.