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WNET to Co-sponsor Newark GradNation Summit

WNET is excited to co-sponsor the Newark GradNation Summit: Expanding Educational Pathways for Disconnected Youth being held on December 12th and 13th, 2014 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.

This two day convening will bring local, regional, and national stakeholders together to develop a sustainable focus and coordinated process that stems the tide of students prematurely leaving school before graduation, while reclaiming the approximately 4,000 young people in Newark aged 16-24 that are not in school.

NJTV will be documenting the summit which will welcome 17 presenters, speakers, and panelists including:

  • Honorable Ras Baraka, Mayor City of Newark
  • Cami Anderson, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
  • Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark
  • Michele Cahill, Senior Advisor, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Wanda Moore, Director, Office of Community Justice, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
  • Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network
  • Larry Leverett, Executive Director, Panasonic Foundation
  • Robert Johnson, Dean, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Co-chair of the Newark Youth Policy Board
  • Margaret Woods, President and CEO, Independence: A Family of Services, Inc.,
  • Junius Williams, Executive Director, Abbott Leadership Institute
  • Simran Sidhu, Executive Director, Youth Build Philadelphia Charter School

The Newark GradNation Summit is part of a national campaign launched in 2010 by America’s Promise Alliance. Through this initiative, 105 dropout prevention summits will take place across the country to raise awareness and inspire action. GradNation is now a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end America’s dropout crisis. Please visit http://www.americaspromise.org/program/gradnation for more information on the campaign and other summits across the country.