Melvin and Kia: in their own words
Melvin and Kia have been given a second shot a getting their diplomas. Watch them tell their story in front of a mural at Aspirations Diploma Plus High School, in East New York, Brooklyn. These clips provide a glimpse into life as teens in a neighborhood known for its stubborn violence and poverty rates. School Stories reporter Nushin Rashidian has been chronicling life with Melvin and Kia. Read part one and part two of the series.
Connor Boals is covering transportation and safety and is embedded in Aspirations Diploma High School in Brooklyn. He is an M.S. candidate at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University with a concentration in digital media.