I had a nice opportunity to work with Pamela Fogg at Middlebury magazine, with a great editorial by activist and educator Dena Simmons.
Found it particularly inspiring as I am an educator myself, was a kid that left home early (16 yrs. old), and have had kids in crisis situations in my life.
Out of Darkness
Simmons describes her experiences growing up in the Bronx with a single mother who worked tirelessly to send her to private school outside of the city - how that affected her - and her drive to give advantages and experiences to youth in her old neighbourhood.
Simmons also writes about the negative side of attending a private school outside of the city, the pressure to narrow yourself down - the idea of constraint and a more acceptable appearance (white).