Youth Caregivers Fight to Finish School

Youth Caregivers Fight to Finish School

Why do students drop out of high school, and what can be done to prevent it?
One answer to that question is that they drop out to take care of sick family members. More than 22 percent of high school dropouts left school to take care of someone else. This week’s Florida Matters focuses on the problem and what help is available for these youth caregivers.
Panel members Dr. Donna Cohen with the Department of Child and Families at the University of South Florida and Elizabeth Olden, the mother of a youth caregiver, share their insight and expertise on the topic.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

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