Independent Lens: The Graduates, Part 1

Independent Lens: The Graduates, Part 1

Monday, October 28 at 10:00 p.m.

Meet six inspiring young students from across the United States who are challenging the Latino dropout crisis.

This two-part documentary examines an on-going effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. Much more than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the student profiles in "The Graduates" offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy, and pressure to contribute to the family finances. 

Each episode of "The Graduates" profiles three students who were in danger of dropping out of high school. The first hour of the series tells the stories of three young women who, through a combination of educational and community resources, as well as supportive families, are able to surmount the obstacles that might have prevented them from completing their education.

Photo: Tulsa native Darlene became pregnant and left school. She is currently working towards graduation day and beyond.