Meeting the Challenge: Keeping Kids in School
10 a.m. - Noon | Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 - Louisville, Ky.
Every day, about 7,000 students nationwide leave high school without a diploma, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education. (See www.all4ed.org/files/HighSchoolDropouts.pdf.) That’s about a million kids every year. By dropping out, these individuals significantly diminish their employment opportunities and promising future. Moreover, at a time of federal and state budget cuts, dropouts can have a substantial negative financial impact on their communities.
There is a growing need to use innovative approaches to reach out to at-risk youth and foster job creation. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE; www.nfte.com) provides programs that inspire young people to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for a successful future. NFTE runs an annual business-plan competition that not only keeps potential dropouts in school, but engages them in such a way as to put them on a path to a different future.
During this event, participants will learn about NFTE and innovative approaches to reach today’s youth.
Who should attend?
- Workforce development agencies
- Universities and colleges
- School administrators, local and state education officials
- Community and economic development agency officials
- Business leaders
- Chambers of commerce
This event is free; however, registration is required by Friday, Sept. 7, as space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided.
- 10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
- 10:10 a.m. Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Presentation
- 10:30 a.m. Group Activity
- 11 a.m. Q & A
- Noon Adjourn