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THE POWER OF 7 SECOND CHANCE LEADERSHIP w/DR. IAN ROBERTS & GUEST SAMANTHA LURIE

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TRUTH NETWORK IS AN ONLINE RADIO STATION WITH BIG BRAND APPEAL AND MISSION-DRIVEN MESSAGES. TUNE IN TO THE POWER OF SEVEN SECOND CHANCE LEADERSHIP W/ DR. IAN ROBERTS.

Tonight, Dr. Roberts will talk with educator and student advocate Samantha Lurie and highlight the "Show Me Costa Rica Project."

Ms. Samantha Lurie is the Dean of Students for Vashon High School’s 9th Grade Academy. Previously, she was a Special Education teacher at Vashon High School for 8 years and was named St. Louis Public Schools Special Education Teacher of the Year in 2015. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Ms. Lurie moved to St. Louis after joining Teach For America in 2008. She graduated from Earlham College where she had the opportunity to travel and study abroad in Israel, Senegal, and Spain. Ms. Lurie is passionate about providing international learning experiences for her students because she knows how much she benefited from traveling while in college.

Ms. Lurie designed The Show Me Costa Rica Project and partnered with EF Tours in 2012 in an effort to broaden her students’ horizons outside of their own community while reaching their goals on a larger scale. Within the last four years, the project has expanded to include two other high schools, Riverview Gardens and Gateway STEM, and they have raised over $100,000 in order to provide 44 students the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for the first time; many have become the first in their families to obtain passports and to travel internationally. Ms. Lurie and her team have witnessed tremendous growth, qualitatively and quantitatively, including one group of students who, in one single year, demonstrated a .34 cumulative GPA increase.

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