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Jason Pollock (Creator, Director & Producer)

Jason Pollock is a filmmaker, writer, and digital producer. Pollock has worked as a producer and consultant for a number of celebrities and organizations including Ashton Kutcher, Michael Moore, NFL Star Adrian Peterson, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, and Rock The Vote. He was ranked in the top 140 most influential pages on Twitter in a report in The New York Times. PC Magazine listed him as one of the Top 100 People to Follow on Twitter. Pollock’s documentary, "The Youngest Candidate", which follows four teens running for public office in America, was the first documentary to be produced by David Letterman’s company, Worldwide Pants. Pollock toured the country with his film to get the vote out on Election Day 2008, traveling to 21 cities in ten battleground states.
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Our Schools

Collins Academy High School

Chicago, Illinois

Collins Academy High School is a small, non-selective school nestled in the heart of the North Lawndale community just west of downtown Chicago. Currently, Collins is in its fifth year of the school turnaround process. Since its inception in 2007, Collins has posted several positive gains, including but not limited to; improved student attendance from 80% to 92%, increased ACT scores from 14.4 in 2006 to 15.9 in 2011, increased number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses by 13%, 100% college acceptance rate for our first graduating class, a POSSE Scholar and a Gates Millennium finalist. Additionally, Collins Academy is currently the only non-selective high school on the west side of Chicago that is not on probation. Needless to say, Collins Academy is a school on the move. Our commitment to the students and families in our community requires that we hold ourselves accountable to do everything in our power to ensure that all students receive access to the quality education they deserve.

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Des Moines East High School

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines East High School was founded in 1861. It is one of the oldest schools in the state of Iowa and the oldest school in the Des Moines Metro area. The current building was built in 1911 and has seen many renovations the last coming in 2006 with a new Performing Arts wing. East prides itself in its alumni network that reaches more then 22,000 alumni. Over the last two school years East has seen some tremendous accomplishments:

New Bedford High School & Whaling City Junior/Senior Alternative School

New Bedford, Massachusetts

The New Bedford, Massachusetts school district -- located at the western end of Cape Cod -- consists of two high schools, the Whaling City Jr/Sr Alternative School and New Bedford High. Whaling City's mission is to provide a safe and positive learning environment in which all students, parents, staff and the community can take an active role to ensure that the goals and aspirations of our students become realities. It educates up to 75 students who have been transferred from New Bedford High due to multiple school violations and/or criminal charges. Whaling is a safe haven for many at-risk youth who need individualized attention, small classroom sizes and hands on learning with committed staff members. The school focuses on whole-child needs both in school and in the community. New Bedford High School, on the other hand, is the largest public high school in the commonwealth. Its enfrollment of nearly three thousand students of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds and its staff of nearly three hundred make it a "comprehensive" institution, offering over three hundred academic, artistic and technical courses with levels ranging from college level to advanced placement. New Bedford High School prides itself on its efforts in meeting the needs of its diverse student body and invites many community organizations and parents to participate in the educational process.

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Academy at Palumbo Liberal Arts High School

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Founded in 2006, the Academy at Palumbo Liberal Arts High School is a selective, college preparatory magnet high school in the School District of Philadelphia. The Academy’s vision is to create a diverse community of college bound scholars who are responsible, ethical, and caring citizens where cultural arts are stressed. The Academy’s school mascot is the Griffin, the mythical winged creature with the head of the eagle and body of a lion and school colors are Black, Teal and Silver.

The Academy has achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as designated by the School District of Philadelphia, every year since its inception and recently received a highly regarded overall school rating on the District’s School Performance Index (SPI) of 1. This rank represents the exemplar performance of students and staff as well as parents and the school community. One hundred percent of the students receive comprehensive and intensive academic preparation for higher learning including 12 Advanced Placement Courses.

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Joplin High School

Joplin, Missouri

Joplin High School is comprehensive public high school that serves approximately 2100 students. The school located in Joplin, Missouri was recently destroyed by an EF-5 tornado that took 1/3 of the town. Joplin's mining history has created a community with grit, but many challenges. Approximately 64% of the students served come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and qualify for free or reduced meals. Historically, Joplin has struggled with persistence to graduation. Many programs have been created to help support struggling students depending upon how far off track for graduation they may be. These range from credit recovery in two different formats to a FLEX program that combines work and school as an option and an alternative approach called Missouri Options that requires students to pass the GED in order to graduate. With so many students, Joplin High School needs different approaches to meet different student needs in order to support students through graduation and beyond.

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LA CAUSA

Los Angeles, California

LA CAUSA is an East Los Angeles charter school that provides green job training and leadership development for youth that have been pushed out of the traditional school system. Our programs address three community needs that come together in the execution of our projects. The first is the need for youth programs that supply marginalized young people with culturally relevant education and vocational training. The second is the need for rehabilitation and construction of homes using green building techniques for low-income community residents. The third is the need to provide young people who have been pushed out the traditional school system with the motivation, knowledge and support needed to attend college. LA CAUSA is the East Los Angeles YouthBuild site of the YouthBuild Charter Schools of California. For more information about YouthBuild Charter Schools of California visit http://www.youthbuildcharter.org and to visit LA CAUSA go to http://lacausainc.org/

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