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Communities In Schools Hosts Achieve In Life Summit Nov. 6-9 in Birmingham, Ala.

By Communities In Schools | Nov. 1, 2023

Three-day immersive convening aims to elevate youth voices and work towards upward social mobility for young people

CONTACT: Rasheda Williams, [email protected], 571-556-6708

Communities In Schools® (CIS®), the nation’s leading provider of integrated student supports, welcomes over 100 practitioners, CIS alumni, youth, and partner organizations from across the country for its Achieve In Life Summit, November 6-9, 2023, in Birmingham, Ala. This convening is designed to address the barriers that limit young people's success as well as explore opportunities to advance their upward mobility.

Participants will engage in interactive discussions and workshops, immersive site visits, and networking opportunities centered around the daily themes of Building Awareness, Advancing Equity, and Identifying Solutions.

“The summit represents a significant step forward in our ongoing mission to ensure that every young person has the resources and support needed to reach their full potential,” said Aisha Walters, organizer of the Achieve In Life Summit for Communities In Schools. “We're committed to supporting upward mobility for youth of all backgrounds, forging a path that enables them to rise and thrive, transcending barriers that stand in their way." 

The choice of Birmingham as the location for this year’s Achieve In Life Summit is deliberate and deeply significant. The city is not only a place of historical importance but also a testament to the transformative power of youth activism and resilience. Representatives from local organizations such as Birmingham Public Schools, Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miles College, TechBirmingham, and the Office of the Mayor will join the summit as essential community partners and presenters.    

Key summit highlights include:

  • Interactive Learning Lab Sessions led by esteemed thought leaders from Communities In Schools and national/regional partners including the Freedom Project Network, Aspen Institute, National Youth Leadership Council, America’s Promise Alliance, Innovate Schools, and more.  
  • Fireside Chat with Communities In Schools President and CEO Rey Saldaña, TechBirmingham President and CEO Deon Gordon and Sean Hardy, Director of National Strategy and Growth for Innovate Public Schools.
  • Networking Opportunities and Best Practice Sharing with like-minded professionals, advocates, and young leaders. 
  • Community and Civic Engagement activities exploring the local community including visits to the Civil Rights Institute, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Magic City Acceptance Academy, and other institutions dedicated to social change.

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About Communities In Schools   
Communities In Schools® (CIS®) is a national organization that ensures every student, regardless of who they are, their ability, zip code or socioeconomic background, has what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond. Working directly inside more than 3,000 schools across the country, we connect students to caring adults and community resources that help them see, confront, and overcome the barriers that stand between them and a brighter future. Together, we build a powerful change movement made up of peers, students, and alumni committed to building an equitable path to education for future generations. Follow us for news @cisnational on Twitter or with the hashtag #AllinforKids.

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