The 30 Sec. ReadAfter moving to a Section 8 housing development in Madison, Wis., his sophomore year of high school, Kebba Bojang, a native of Gambia, began frequenting an on-site learning center – staffed primarily by residents – to study and get tutoring help. Besides resources, Mr. Bojang says he also found something less tangible at the Northport Apartments learning center: high expectations. “When I have this feeling that someone is expecting me to be somewhere, it kind of pushes me to go there so I don’t disappoint the person. My fear of disappointment takes over my procrastination issues.” This kind of motivation, driven by interpersonal relationships and a strong sense of community, is a primary goal of the on-site centers at Northport, the neighboring Packer Townhouses, and two similar low-income housing facilities in Milwaukee, all of which are managed by the nonprofit group Housing Ministries of American Baptists in …
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