November 05, 2009

Webinar: Keep Kids in School & Prepare Them for Professions

America's Promise Alliance Presents a Free Webinar & Online Discussion:
Keeping Kids in School & Preparing Them for Professions:

How Schools & Non-Profits Can Partner Effectively with Business

Monday November 23, 2009
3:00 - 4:00 pm EST

Please RSVP by Thursday, November 19th to Elaine Leibsohn. Call-in and login instructions will be provided in advance to those who RSVP.

Please join us as we review and discuss a pre-recorded video presentation from the National Middle School Association Conference, held on November 6, 2009, entitled "How to Engage Business."

Elaine Leibsohn, VP of National Action Strategies, America's Promise Alliance

Presenters(on video and live during webinar:
Kathy Payne, Senior Director of Education Leadership, State Farm Insurance
Sue Stephenson, Vice President, Community Footprints, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
Steve Culbertson, President & CEO, Youth Serve America

Nearly one in three high school students fails to graduate each year. As part of our strategy to cut the dropout rate in half, America's Promise Alliance is helping young people see the relevance of their coursework to their later lives. By offering real-world experiences, career exploration increases young people's motivation to achieve in their schools, communities, and--eventually--their professional environments. Schools, businesses, and youth-serving organizations are all part of the team. Although these organizations often speak different languages and have different cultures, they each can participate in preparing the next generation of citizens for employment.

In this video webinar and discussion, schools, community-based organizations, and others will learn how to identify an appropriate business partner, establish a shared vision, share resources, and link education to employment to ensure everybody wins. Participants will also learn about a new partnership resource from America's Promise, scheduled to be released in December. Webinar attendees will be encouraged to participate in a live discussion with the presenters around engaging businesses in community youth work.

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