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Fast Forward looks ahead in 2011

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PASCO, Wash.—Students dropping out of school is a problem in most cities, but a program that started in September is helping decrease that number in the Tri-Cities.

Fast Forward, a program sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club, works to get 16 to 20-year-olds who have dropped out of school back into the classroom. 

Since September they have helped 39 out of the 700 students who dropped out in the Tri-Cities.  Only three people have left the program. 

Coordinators work with each student individually to develop a plan.  Fast Forward employees have helped find daycare options and even housing.  After breaking boundaries to get the teen back into school, the program helps them continue their education. 

This coming June about five students are expected to graduate with the help of Fast Forward.  Next year, they hope to see even more earn their High School diploma.

"I'd love to see over 50... 80...100 students back in school.  We want to see them succeed," says Michelle Johnson-Reichert, Fast Forward Coordinator.

Fast Forward is free and based on self-referrals.  To learn more, call the Boys & Girls Club at 416-0304 or