From the National League of Cities:
In St. Louis, more than 140 community leaders and youth attended a dropout summit convened by Mayor Francis Slay on February 9. The summit was held independently of the America's Promise initiative, but the organization will work with St. Louis on follow up activities. One week earlier, transitional youth convened to inform city leaders on the needs of those who have dropped out. The summit helped shape plans to create alternative pathways to graduation, invest in interagency information-sharing systems and make services available through the city's 211 call center.
"Today, we come together - city and state government, St. Louis Public Schools and charter schools, courts and police, community and faith-based groups - to defeat this epidemic," said Mayor Slay. "This is the beginning of a process that will create a plan of action to re-engage our disconnected youth."
Details: To learn more about the Dropout Summits and to read the full "Cities in Crisis" report, visit www.americaspromise.org or contact Chrystal Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.