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Dropping the Dropout Rate in Prince George’s County

April 1, 2013

On March 21, The Community Foundation hosted a group of Prince George’s County donors, residents, parents, and business, school, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders on a tour of the Suitland and Langley Park Promise Neighborhood Initiatives – placed-based efforts underway in the County to address the dropout crisis. After experiencing the work happening on the ground, we hosted a panel discussion with Dr. Alvin Crawley (Interim Superintendent for Prince George’s County Public Schools), Christian Rhodes, (Education Policy Advisor, County Executive’s Office), Leanne Posko, (Senior Manager, Community Affairs, Capital One), and Robert Malone, (Founder, Mentoring to Manhood). Participants discussed ways schools and communities are working collaboratively to “stack resources” that offer students the comprehensive academic and social supports they need to succeed; the “holistic approach” businesses are using in their partnership with schools to bring the talent and financial resources to create innovative programs (i.e., Student Run Bank, Finance Park, etc.) that keep students engaged in school; and the challenges nonprofits face in establishing the “standing” as a key partner in efforts to improve public education.

In Prince George’s County, there are over 7,000 young people aged 16 – 24 who are not in school and not working. Everyone must assume a role to stop the dropout crisis in the County and reconnect these young people to education and career opportunities.

Click here to read our Issue Spotlight: Dropping the Dropout Rate in Prince George’s County, a research brief that outlines the data behind the dropout crisis, the work of the Suitland and Langley Park Promise Neighborhood Initiatives, and what role YOU can have in ensuring 100% of children and youth in Prince George’s County graduate high school college and career ready.

This tour is a part of a larger Community Foundation advocacy campaign designed to connect youth to opportunity across the region. The campaign has two key aims: Improved Services and Systems (an increase in high-quality and flexible program options that reconnect youth who disconnect from the traditional education to career pipeline); and Positive Social and Physical Conditions (decrease in the over 200,000 youth 16 to 24 in the Greater Washington region not connected to education or work and no degree beyond high school or GED).

To receive announcements over the coming months about ways to get involved with this campaign, experience the work on the ground, and take action to help our young people succeed, email us at info@cfncr.org.

DSC_0816  Christian Rhodes on left, Dr. Alvin Crawley on right

Christian Rhodes on left, Dr. Alvin Crawley on right
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