Children's Aid Society Student Leaders Meet in the Bronx to Explore Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

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Students will strive to design the "perfect school"; Deputy Mayor Walcott and Assembly Member Crespo Expected on Panel

Ellen Lubell, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864,
Emily Crossan, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742,
Day-of Contacts: Stacey Campo, 718-293-3144 and Lorena Jimenez-Castro, 646-460-6692

Thursday, December 9, 2010
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

I.S. 166 Roberto Clemente School, Children’s Aid Society Community School
250 East 164th Street - cafeteria
The Bronx, 10456

75 middle and high school students will meet to “design the perfect school that will help them graduate from high school and then go to and graduate from college.” This forum is one of a series in which students and officials discuss the high school dropout crisis and possible solutions. After the forum, the students will take their recommendations and circulate them more widely among elected officials and policymakers.

Members of The Children’s Aid Society Youth Council received a My Idea Grant from the America’s Promise Alliance Grad Nation Campaign to support this forum.

Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott and Assembly Member Marcos Crespo are expected to attend and participate in a panel discussion with the students.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email, or visit

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