MTV casting for show about high school dropouts

If you live in the Chicago area, are between the ages of 17-21 and are outgoing than MTV might cast you for a new reality show. There is only one important catch, you have to be a high school dropout.

That’s right, MTV is testing the waters for a new reality show based on a popular UK program. The concept, according to the release from the Waukegan Public Library, is:

20 students between 17-21 will have the opportunity to become excited about school again with classes taught by people at the top of their fields (ex: an Olympic Medalist as the gym teacher). The show is not meant to follow the students and expose them as failures; the intent is to show the students being motivated to further their education.

The event will be held at the Waukegan Public Library (128 County St, Waukegan) from 12:00PM to 4:00PM on Friday, June 24. For those looking to attend you should expect a 10 minute interview in which you’ll be asked to explain the reasons for dropping out and then discuss your aspirations for the future. After the interview you’ll be provided an opportunity to speak with staff and alumni of local Adult Education programs so that you can become aware of some of the options open to you to complete your education beyond the possibility of appearing on MTV.

Michele Vaughn, the Dean for Community Education at Lake College, told ABC that:

“I thought it was an outstanding idea. It’s not about making the students look bad. It’s about reinvigorating the motivation to go back to school.”

So what do you think about MTV airing a show about high school dropouts? Would it be exploitation or a means by which to educate youth on the difficulties that face those who’ve made that important decision? You know I think we’ve had this type of philosophical discussion before about another MTV program about teen moms.

Photo: Waukegan Public Library Facebook

  • Chastity

    Seriously?? Seems like it’d be an okay show but how can they be outgoing if they dropped out? Anyone gonna sign up??

    • Chelse

      Excuse me?!
      I dropped out and I’m outgoing, there are TONS of reasons people drop out, not just because their stupid.
      Some kids HAVE to drop out so they can get jobs and help support their families, some because they move to another state and the school system is different and they get their credits screwed (It happen to me TWICE), some drop out because the teachers don’t care enough to help them.

      I dropped out because MY MOTHER kicked me out a month to the day I was suppose to receive my diploma and I had to move to another state with my son. I couldn’t go back to school where I moved because I would have had to go back for a full year and I needed to get a job to help support my son.

      • Chastity

        I wasnt trying to be judgemental and you didnt have to get all rude.BY THE WAY, no one said everyone who drops out was stupid, except you. Each person’s circumstances are different and you NEVER know. The way it sounds as though, they are filming people who dropped out freewill. That is what I meant. Most people have no motivation or just dont like it(school). Oh and I didnt need your background story, but thanks. Good luck!

        • Chelse

          I NEVER said dropouts were stupid. You need to learn to read, I SAID THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT REASONS WHY PEOPLE DROP OUT.
          The article gives to clues as to what type of circumstances they were under.

          I didn’t give you my, as you put it, background story. I was making a point about why some people drop out.

          Your comment: “how can they be outgoing if they dropped out?” Is a judgmental statement. It is human nature to judge.

          • Chastity

            I’m VERY sorry if I offended you. It wasnt right and you shouldve had the chance to graduate. Not to start an argument over the internet again which is stupid and immature, but you said “Not just because they’re stupid”. Different people have different oppurtunities and different paths and different reasons, but from the way it sounded to me, was that it was just for people who dropped out and had no motivation. Sorry that my opinion offended you.Dont reply. It’s really not worth the fight. And BTW, I am in no way judgemental. I would never judge people that dropped out, but people that I know, had no motivation. You had different reason, and are probably very motivated which is why you did the things you had to.

  • brandi

    Another MTV show to make people famous for making bad decisions.

  • Hilarious!! I mean really?? Is Amber Portwood and/or Chelsea Houska going to be on the show?? They still have yet to finish H.S as far as anyone knows?? lol.

    MTV quit encouraging young teenage stupidty already.

  • Kate

    I dont really think this show is a good idea, with the high drop put rates already, this show is just going to glorify that even more. How about if we highlight the kids that do the right thing and stay in school?

    • Ruth

      Kate, so true. I’m not a teen but I liked watching teen mom cos it’s like watching a soap opera. and mtv isn’t really sending the right message, IM watching the show not co si learn from it about how wrong it is to have unprotected sex, but cos it’s like watching your usual drama series. so you’re right, what should they put on TV are amazing teens, like teen immigrants making it well in school despite culture shock and adjustments or kids making it in the honor society despite losing their parents or their parents losing job. wouldn’t it be nicer? 🙂

  • Tricia

    “for a new reality show based on a popular UK program”. What UK program they mean by that? Well, I do agree in some ways with the “teen mom glamourizes teen pregnancy” way of thinking, but I dont believe anyone would be daft enough to get pregnant just because of the show

  • Buggy

    I’m sure mtv’s intentions are good at first, but then the fame and the money starts flowing in. Then all they’ll care about is exploiting these kids for their own benefit. Not to mention the subjects like dropping out of school or teen pregnancy can and will be seen as glamorous to kids who aren’t mature enough to know already that it’s just a tv show. Back to basics, this show is a food idea as long as it stays in the realm of “look how much harder things are for me because of the choices I made” or something like that.