It's one thing to apply for a grant or honor. It's an entirely different thing to be sought out and recognized for your work.
That's what has happened with GradNation. America's Promise Alliance heard about the great work being done by Enka Middle Community School, Middle School Success and the Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network. Their goal is to host 100 GradNation Community Summits across the country through 2016 and we've been selected to host one.
Leaders from the education and nonprofit sectors, as well as those from the community as a whole, joined us on November 14 for an announcement breakfast. Our goal is to use the power of the Summit to leverage greater awareness and support for the high quality work already underway to support middle school students, families, schools, and neighborhoods and ultimately improve graduation rates.
Jane Quinn, Children's Aid Society Vice President for Community Schools and Director of the National Center for Community Schools, was named as keynote speaker for the Summit, which will be held on March 12 in UNC Asheville's Kimmel Arena. She is the 2014 recipient of the Institute for Educational Leadership's Community Schools Lifetime Achievement Award.
At the heart of our GradNation Summit will be the Five Promises, the wraparound services that dramatically increase a young person’s chance of success: caring adults, safe places, an effective education, a healthy start and opportunities to help others. There is more news to come, but we are very proud of this honor and what these resources will do to further our efforts to improve local graduation rates and our work with middle school youth.
America’s Promise Alliance launched the GradNation Community Summit Series in 2013. It has become a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities pulling together to empower more young Americans to graduate from high school on time and ready for college, careers and thriving adulthood.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and the Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network are proud to host the GradNation Community Summit, which is sponsored locally by UNC Asheville. America's Promise Alliance and AT&T are the national presenting sponsors of the GradNation Community Summit Series.