2010: Overcoming Obstacles Meets with New York City Schools Chancellor

Posted: September 7, 2016

One third of all new businesses fail in their first two years.  About half fail in their first five years.  The failure rate for nonprofits is even greater.  Twenty-five years after helping our first teachers and students in Los Angeles, Overcoming Obstacles is thriving!  I couldn’t be more proud and…

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Overcoming Obstacles’ Founder Reflects On Our First School Partnership

Posted: August 4, 2016

I have so many powerful memories of the work we have done over two and a half decades, but one stands out as most memorable to me: our first school partnership.  That partnership was forged with Manual Arts High School in South Central Los Angeles in 1992.  Initially, the school’s…

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Straight Talk SC: Education for Life: Working together to fulfill the promise of education

Posted: July 27, 2016

This past June, the Overcoming Obstacles Team had the pleasure of attending  the lecture “Straight Talk SC: Education for Life – ‘Reframing Higher Education for a Changing Society” hosted at Furman University and part of The Riley Center’s Summer 2016 Series. The lecture highlighted the need for interdependency between the secondary…

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Why It’s Important for Schools to Teach Life Skills – A Student’s Perspective

Posted: June 6, 2016

All students need to be given a life skills education.  Most people would agree with that.  How to communicate effectively, make good decisions, solve problems, and more are essentials skills everyone needs in order to succeed in life.  The question often is, however, where is the best place to teach…

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Life Skills Day 2016 – Panel Discussions

Posted: June 1, 2016

In April of 2016 , Overcoming Obstacles celebrated its annual life skills day in Charleston, SC and New York City. During each event, a panel of experts discussed the importance of teaching students self respect and respect for others.  Here are highlights from each discussion. New York City Charleston, SC

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