The Big Picture Co., Providence, R.I.
- The nonprofit organization designed the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, a high school in Providence known as the “Met,” which is dedicated to “educating one student at a time” though real-world internship experiences.
- Provide technical assistance for leadership development, personalized curriculum, student work, and learning through internships.
- $1.9 million
Black Alliance for Educational Options, Washington
- The alliance, which has chapters in several cities, supports parental choice as a way to empower families and increase options for black children.
- Create 15 new high schools.
- $4 million
The Commonwealth Corp., Center for Youth Development and Education, Boston
- The center, a division of the quasi-public corporation, works at the program and policy levels to expand learning and career-development opportunities for youths. Its Diploma Plus program prepares at-risk students for careers.
- Transform five schools and create 10 new high schools.
- $4.5 million
Communities in Schools of Georgia, Atlanta
- The organization sponsors a network of nontraditional high schools in Georgia known as Performance Learning Centers that offer new options to students at risk of dropping out.
- Create 25 new high schools. $6.3 million
National Association of Street Schools, Denver
- The association uses a model developed at the Denver Street School that employs a “whatever it takes” attitude toward helping students who live in the urban core, including personalized education, a moral code, and tools for self- sufficiency.
- Transform 20 existing schools and create 10 new high schools.
- $1.1 million
National League of Cities, Washington
- The organization’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families works to strengthen the capacity of municipal leaders to address the needs of children, youths, and families in their communities.
- Stimulate municipal leadership in support of developing alternative high schools around the country.
- $2.29 million
Portland Community College, Portland, Ore.
- The community college’s alternative high school programs last year served nearly 1,500 students.
- Create eight new high schools.
- $4.85 million
See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Washington
- The foundation, which runs the charter school, helps young people who are at risk or involved with the court system to reach their full potential. Students attend school and learn job skills operating two nonprofit businesses.
- Transform one existing school and create three new ones.
YouthBuild USA, Somerville, Mass.
- A national network that supports more than 200 local YouthBuild programs, which help unemployed and undereducated young people ages 16-24 to earn either a high school diploma or a General Educational Development credential while learning construction skills by building housing for homeless and low-income people.
- Transform 23 existing high schools and create 10 new schools.