Youth Conference on High School Dropout Rate - What do Teens Think?

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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 21, 2008
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

During their winter break from school, approximately 200 teens will gather to discuss the school dropout rate in New York City, covering such factors as peer pressure, lack of support from parents, schools and the community, barriers for immigrants and gender inequities.

The teens will also address and respond to the Department of Education’s recent school report cards.

Youth from Children’s Aid programs in Washington Heights, Harlem, East Harlem and the Bronx felt that the dropout rate is such an important topic that they chose to address it for the second year in a row at this conference.

The conference is organized by The Children’s Aid Society and sponsored by the Audrey Miller Poritzky Education Fund for Children.

9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Remarks: David Poritzky, Vice President of Audrey Miller Portizky Fund

10:00 a.m. - Presentation of Audrey Miller Poritzky Memorial Scholarship Award

10:30 a.m. - Presentation of the “Amazing Young People Awards” by John Starks, former member of the New York Knicks

10:45 a.m. - Youth Solutions to Decreasing the Dropout Rate – teen presentations and audience reaction

12:15 p.m. - Dare to Dream Scholarship Awards

1:00 p.m. - Closing remarks: C. Warren Moses, CEO of The Children's Aid Society

***Students will be available for interviews at the conference.***

A brief written summary of the students’ recommendations will be released at the conference.

Children’s Aid Society youth will be presenting on a panel at the citywide Dropout Summit II on Friday the 22nd at Lehman College in the Bronx,

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 was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving more than 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, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or visit