October 14, 2012
Continued Federal Support for Social Innovation Fund Looks Shaky
Derek Lieu, for The Chronicle
Five years ago, at age 18, Charmane Bellard knew she was heading down a dead-end path. Ms. Bellard was a single mom and high-school dropout with no career prospects.
But then she walked into the Latin American Youth Center in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood and asked for help. Today, at 23, Ms. Bellard is a married high-school graduate working on attaining a cosmetology license from the Montgomery Beauty School.
Ms. Bellard attributes her turnaround to the
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