"My daughter has something to look up to"
Produced for StoryCorps / The Rockefeller Foundation

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Southwire, North America's largest manufacturer of building wire and cable, established a program to address the high number of students failing to graduate from high school in Carrollton, Georgia. The "12 for Life" program gives students who are in danger of dropping out an opportunity to earn both a paycheck and a diploma.

In this recording, Ashley Jordan and her supervisor Debbie Jordan (no relation) talk about how the “12 for Life” program helped Ashley get started on her career path. But first, Southwire President and CEO Stu Thorn talks about the program.


"A more resilient New York: one oyster at a time"
Produced for StoryCorps / The Rockefeller Foundation

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Alyssa Giacinto and her mother Denise talk about their experiences during Hurricane Sandy while living in the East Village in New York City in 2012—and about how this inspired Alyssa to get involved with the Billion Oyster Project at her high school, The Harbor School.

 

 

 

 

"Your worth is like gold to me"
Produced for StoryCorps / The Rockefeller Foundation


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Dewetta Logan, owner of Smart Beginnings Early Learning Center, provides daycare for families in the low-income neighborhood of West Philadelphia and is committed to providing paid leave for her employees.

In this recording, Dewetta speaks to her employee Aigner Warring about the importance of staff paid leave—and how many of the families with children at her center don't always have the same advantage.

 



"Clean water and resilience in El Paso"
Produced for StoryCorps / The Rockefeller Foundation


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Isaac Campos is a civil engineering PhD student at the University of Texas at El Paso. Since 2012, Isaac has been involved in a program to bring clean water to the colonias, small low-income settlements along the border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

In this recording, Isaac speaks with his girlfriend Michelle Brown about how limited access to clean water affected his life growing up, and how he’s now working to improve water quality for others in the community.