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1 An Urgent Appeal for a (ge)N(er)ation At Risk Presented by Jeremy Del Rio, Esq. | www.JeremyDelRio.com

2 At Risk Has a Face and a Name - Abandoned by dad - Drug addicted mother - Crack houses -Abandoned buildings -Prostitution -Poverty -Foster care -Orphaned by AIDS

3 So Does Compassion + The social worker... who intervened + The foster family... who took her in + The teachers... who instilled a love of learning + The pastor... who loved unconditionally + The rehab center... that helped with sobriety + The AIDS group... that reunited her family + The youth group... that welcomed her + The church... that empowered her + The family... who adopted her + The scholarship... that paid for college + The opportunity... for a career

4 Alone We Can Not But Together We Can

5 At Risk is Not Alone In her success... "When spiders unite they can tie up a lion. - Ethiopian proverb

6 Everyday in New York City 526,083 children live in poverty. 171 babies are born into poor families. 23 babies are born to teen parents. 12,597 children are homeless. 174 children are reported abused or neglected. Every 6 days a young person under 20 is murdered. (Source: Citizens Committee for Children of NYC)

7 We promise them: Stay in school and youll get the skills you need to achieve in life. Promises Kept?

8 60-70% of public school students cannot read or do math at grade level 60% of students will not graduate on time 60% of boys will not graduate at all Yet in New York City

9 The average high school graduate from low- income urban areas will read at an 8th grade level. (Source: Teach for America)

10 That means average low-income NYC graduates lack fundamental skills to: complete college compete in an information economy conduct job applications calculate budgets or coordinate household finances. Translation

11 Nationwide, the likelihood that a ninth-grader in a big city will graduate on-time: A 50-50 Coin Toss. That is, if they graduate... 52% of Blacks graduate 57% of Hispanics In the suburbs, the odds improve. In 12 cities the gap exceeds 25%. (Source: USA Today)

12 A Culture of Reform? Sept 2007: NYC receives the Broad Prize $1,000,000 grant Top prize for reducing achievement gaps in urban education. June 2008: NYC graduated 44% of students on-time As of 2006, only 32% of black males graduate on-time

13 Nationally... 40% of high schools offer NO college prep classes. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gives most states a C, D, or F in preparing kids for the workplace. In 1970, the average college graduate earned around 45% more than a high school graduate. Today, the gap is 84%. (Source: PBS, Where We Stand: Americas Schools in the 21st Century, Sept. 2008)

14 The Opportunity in NYC 2 million youth 18 and younger + 25% of NYCs overall population + the 5th largest city in America 1.2 million attend 1,400 public schools + just the 10th largest US city 470,000 15-19 year olds + the 35th largest US city Disproportionate global influence + Media and cultural significance

15 The Class of 2020 Students who begin first grade in Fall 2008 are the high school Class of 2020. Can this be the generation for whom we keep our promise?

16 The Great Injustice Educational inequity is our nations greatest injustice. - Wendy Kopp Teach for America

17 I dont want to send another generation of American children to failing schools. I dont want that future for my daughters. I dont want that future for your sons. I do not want that future for America. - Barack Obama Even Rivals Agree...

18 Education is the civil rights issue of this century. Equal access to public education has been gained. But what is the value of access to a failing school? - John McCain

19 Changing the Odds Overcome de facto educational apartheid: E.g. 96th Street When Against the Odds is the only pathway to success, we must change the odds.

20 Together We Can Requires: A web of support Holistic and across sectors From cradle through college

21 On Education Reform This is neither a Democratic nor a Republican issue. This is an American issue. No one has taken real accountability and said: Im going to fix this problem. Im going to put politics aside and Im going to do whats right for Americas children. Thats the kind of leadership... this nation needs. - Geoffrey Canada Harlem Childrens Zone

22 The worlds best businesses are realizing that no matter what industry they are in, their real business is developing leaders. – Fortune (10/01/07)

23 A Strategy for Engaging Public Schools 20/20 Elements Vocational Calling School Engagement Student Leadership

24 Credits Photos courtesy: MichaelMowery.com, JeremyDelRio.com, and GenerationXcel.comMichaelMowery.com,JeremyDelRio.com GenerationXcel.com This workshop may be reproduced in whole or in part with appropriate attribution, but photos may not be used without permission except in this presentation. Online references must include hyperlinks to http://2020schools.net and http://JeremyDelRio.com. http://2020schools.nethttp://JeremyDelRio.com Copyright 2008 Jeremy Del Rio. Some Rights Reserved.

25 About 20/20 Vision for Schools 20/20 Vision for Schools was conceived by the Coalition of Urban Youth Workers in New York City and operates locally as a partnership between the Coalition and the New York City Leadership Center.Coalition of Urban Youth WorkersNew York City Leadership Center 20/20 Vision remains committed to open-sourcing education reform. Join the movement to transform public education nationwide, and feel free to adapt 20/20 Vision experiences and strategy to your city. All we ask is that you freely give to others what you have received from us, and let us know if and how the strategy unfolds for you. More information: www.2020Schools.net.www.2020Schools.net

26 Credits Workshop prepared by: Jeremy Del Rio (www.JeremyDelRio.com)www.JeremyDelRio.com Originally written for 2020 Vision for Schools.2020 Vision for Schools. Photos courtesy: MichaelMowery.com, JeremyDelRio.com, and GenerationXcel.comMichaelMowery.com,JeremyDelRio.com GenerationXcel.com This workshop may be reproduced in whole or in part for non- commercial purposes with appropriate attribution, but photos may not be used without permission except in this presentation. Online references must include hyperlinks to http://2020schools.net and http://JeremyDelRio.com.http://2020schools.net http://JeremyDelRio.com Copyright 2008 Jeremy Del Rio. Some Rights Reserved.


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