School is More than Just the Three Rs - Children's Aid Society Teens to Share Views on School Environment with Elected Officials

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James Ford of WPIX to Moderate Discussion among Elected Officials and Youth


Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society – (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864,

Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society – (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742,


Thursday, April 1, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


New York University, Kimmel Hall
60 Washington Square South


Approximately 150 teens 14-18 years old from Children’s Aid Society community centers and schools across the city will discuss educating youth in housing transition and the impact of the school environment on academic success with expected guests Dennis Walcott,

Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development; City Council Members Robert Jackson, Chair of the Education Committee; Lewis A. Fidler, Chair of the Youth Services Committee; Charles Barron; James Sanders, Jr.; Gale Brewer; Daniel Dromm and Fernando Cabrera and Department of Education representatives.

James Ford

from “PIX Morning News” on WPIX will moderate the discussion among the youth and Council Members.

The students, who selected the conference topics, have researched education policy and considered its effect on their schools. The discussion will lead to the development of a Ten Point Educational Support Plan for Students in Transition, students exposed to unstable living conditions due to homelessness, foster care, re-entry or uneven family situations.

FACES NY will conduct a role-playing demonstration.

This 6th annual Youth Speak Out on Education is presented by the Audrey Miller Poritzky Education Fund for Children and The Children’s Aid Society.

9:30 a.m.     Welcome and Remarks

Richard R. Buery, Jr., President and CEO, The Children's Aid Society


David Poritzky, Vice President, AMP Education Fund for Children
10:00 a.m.   Youth Presentations
10:30 a.m.   Moderated Discussion - Policymakers and Youth
11:00 a.m.   Remarks by New York City Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott
11:30 a.m.   “Solution Time” A Town Hall Moderated by James Ford, WPIX
12:00 noon  2010 Audrey Miller Poritzky Scholarship Winners
12:30 p.m.   Performance by The Children’s Aid Society Chorus

Founded in 2004 in her memory, the Audrey Miller Poritzky Education Fund for Children’s mission is to help children realize their academic potential and pursue their educational dreams. Audrey Miller Poritzky worked in education reform in Philadelphia and at The Children’s Aid Society in New York. For additional information, please visit

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