Teens to Discuss NYC Schools with Deputy Mayor Walcott and Members of the City Council's Education Committee

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The Children's Aid Society Hosts 5th Annual Youth Conference on Education

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, February 19, 2009
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Children’s Aid Society’s Philip Coltoff Center at Greenwich Village
219 Sullivan Street, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets

What will New York City teens say about education when they have the ear of Dennis Walcott, Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development, and Robert Jackson, Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Lewis Fidler, John Liu and Albert Vann, all members of the City Council’s Education Committee?

In preparation for the 5th annual Youth Speak Out on Education, presented by the Audrey Miller Poritzky Education Fund for Children and The Children's Aid Society, students have chosen a topic: “Does the New York City school environment promote academic success?” Teens from Children’s Aid Society community centers and schools in Harlem, East Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx will present research and students’ opinions and recommendations to the elected officials and other teens in the audience. A panel discussion will follow, opening up a dialogue between the youth and those responsible for their educational system.

Past Youth Speak Out on Education conference topics have dealt with the dropout rate, college preparedness and education reform, all topics chosen by the teens. Deputy Mayor Walcott has attended the conference and was so impressed that he hosted the students at City Hall in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 the teens had the opportunity to meet with New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein.

At the conference, three Amazing Young People will be recognized and three Audrey Miller Poritzky Scholarship winners will be announced.

The Audrey Miller Poritzky Education Fund for Children’s mission is to help children realize their academic potential and pursue their educational dreams.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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