Melia Jordan Mei Kwai Dicker co-founded Spark, a nonprofit organization providing youth with leadership development and apprenticeships in their dream jobs. Unsurprisingly she's interested in how young people become autonomous, happy, effective adults. This fascination has turned into a year long project called "Reschool Yourself". Melia spent half of the year shadowing students from her childhood classrooms, from elementary school up through college, to see what skills formal education gave her, and what it failed to provide. The second half of the year she worked on her own to explore non-traditional educational settings and fill in the holes left by her formal education.
You can read about her experience on her excellent website.
You can also read about Melia together with dozens of other education alternatives in the new issue of Yes! Magazine.