Our interns are always wonderful, but it's rare for one to get national coverage! Angelo Drummond, a 17-year-old junior at MetEast High School in Camden, N.J. and a current Community Design Collaborative intern, was featured in an Associated Press story on Saturday, June 27: No dropouts from this Camden, NJ, high school that has been picked up locally and by newspapers and websites in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Franscisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
MetEast High School, a Camden public high school with an enrollment of about 100 students, is one of 60 schools nationwide established through Big Picture Learning, an education nonprofit that uses small classes and advisers instead of teachers. A main tenet of the Big Picture Learning approach is that students learn best by following their passions. MetEast students pursue their selected focus through internships and a senior project that benefits the community.
Angelo’s focus at MetEast is on teen violence. He’s been exploring the issue from all angles: reviewing studies on teen violence, leading topical discussions with his classmates, and taking steps to implement a teen lounge that would offer a safe, enjoyable space for Camden youth 15-18. While after-school programs serve kids in Camden, Angelo notes a gap in programming and space for older teens.
Continuing his Collaborative internship through the summer months, Angelo will be assisting Project Manager Heidi Segall Levy and a "regular" at our Project Review meetings.