‘Schooled’ with Savannah

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Savannah Zayas and her daughter Layla

Savannah Zayas and her daughter Layla play at Cione Playground in Kensington on June 29, 2016. Savannah doesn't take Layla to parks in her own neighborhood. (Jessica Kourkounis)

Guests: Savannah Zayas, Kevin McCorry, Maura Bernt, Sydney Coffin

High school is already stressful and confusing enough. Add a being a new parent into the mix, and a troubled home life, and the task of graduating becomes gargantuan. Most who find themselves in this situation give up on school and try to find any job that would simply make ends meet. But today, we’re going to hear the story of SAVANNAH ZAYAS, a mother who overcame hardship and poverty by earning her diploma as a teen mother. Keystone Crossroads reporter KEVIN McCORRY’s new podcast, ‘Schooled,’ uses Zayas’ story as a lens to discuss the American public school system and joins us for the hour as well. Also joining us will be MAURA BERNT is the director of Youth Programs at Providence, a North Philadelphia nonprofit where Savannah worked, and SYDNEY COFFIN, Savannah’s English teacher.

Image: Jessica Kourkounis

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