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GradNation Community Summit

February 28, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (February 28, 2017) – Students from 12 high schools in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will lead the discussion on challenges and solutions for raising high school graduation rates at GradNation, on Thursday, March 2, at Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St. 

Community officials, business leaders, educators, and parents will join students to examine local data, identify challenges, and offer solutions to prepare our students for success on their path to graduation and after graduation day.

The summit is from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with breakout sessions from 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. The sessions include The Power of Youth Voice, The Generation Gap, Crucial Conversations, Mapping Community Assets, Crossing the Cultural Divide and What I Can’t Tell You. 

Alliance for Public Schools is a partner organization that promotes public schools in our community. GradNation is a national public awareness event to discuss the current graduation rate and discuss ways to raise it to 90 percent by 2020. 

The Summit is one of 100 held across the country, but this is the only one that is student-conceived and student-led. This GradNation Community Summit will serve as a launch pad for the development of a community action plan that outlines how both counties will accelerate efforts to raise the high school graduation rate. 

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