POV: Best Kept Secret

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 10:00pm

Ms. Mino and the group on a “nature walk” near JFK.

Credit: Courtesy of Nara Garber

Study a public school for severely autistic minority boys and their options for independent living. 

At a public school in Newark, New Jersey, the staff answers the phone by saying, “You’ve reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark’s best-kept secret.” JFK provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs. In Best Kept Secret, airing Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students. Once they graduate and leave the security of this nurturing place, their options for living independently will be few. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they “age out” of the system. By Samantha Buck.

This program encores Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 26 at 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 28 at 12 noon on WXXI World.
This program is part of WXXI's American Graduate project to educate the community on the dropout problem, rally support to get the community involved, and help provide pathways to community resources to address the problem. To learn more visit our website.

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