Kansas City program keeps students engaged in education while also teaching life skills

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Avery Austin is a 15-year-old junior at University Academy; she’s in an automotive class building an electric car. But she’s learning life skills as well.

“It was a little daunting in the beginning, once I got to know the people around me and what I was doing I had fun I learned new things,” she said.

The classes are offered through Minddrive, and after school program for kids in the urban core that helps keeps them engaged in their education. Along with automotive, Minddrive offers free classes in welding, communication, digital editing and others.

Students are chosen through an application process and paired with a mentor.

Co-founder Steve Rees says 200 students have attended Minddrive since it started six years ago, and all have gone on to graduate from high school.

For more information about the program, click on this link.