Formerly incarcerated students return to school

Last year in June, East Bay-resident Dieudonné Brou graduated from UCLA in African American studies. During his commencement speech, he revealed himself as formerly incarcerated. Even though higher education offers chance to break the cycle of recidivsm, barriers like financial difficulties and social stigma are high for former incarcerated people.

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Richmond high schoolers win rare Division I soccer scholarships

(from left) Alonzo Del Mundo, Daniery Rosario and Nicolas Brenes Jr. pose for a photo during their National Signing Day event at Leadership Public School: Richmond. Del Mundo and Brenes Jr. are the first students from the school to receive NCAA Division I scholarships. Photo by Jeff Weisinger/Richmond Confidential

Leadership Public School: Richmond had never had a Division I scholarship athlete in their school’s history. That might not be too surprising for a charter school that’s more focused on academics than athletics. But that changed this year. Senior soccer players Nicolas Brenes Jr. and Alonzo Del Mundo both earned Division I scholarships to play…

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