What do you say to a teen who tells you “I really don’t like going to school”?

Ken Danford co-founded North Star: Self-directed Learning for Teens 18 years ago in Amherst, MA. With Ken as my mentor, I participated in an incredible internship at North Star and came back to Grand Rapids to begin Open Doors, based on this profound, yet simple, model.  Seeing the teens there still fills me with joy and hope.

Ken’s Ted Talk at Amherst College TEDx November 10, 2013kenportrait1