In the U.S., nearly half of all students graduate high school without a clear path forward, unprepared to attend college or enter a career. Too many of these young people simply did not have access to opportunities to build the knowledge and skills required to graduate college and career ready. Students need better information, tools, hard and soft skills, and support services if they are to be more prepared for life after high school.

Please join education advocates, policymakers, and nonprofit leaders from across the country for a morning of conversation about ensuring that more young people are prepared for life after high school. New polling data from Gallup on public attitudes about high school graduates’ preparedness for life after high school will also be released.

In a series of discussions, this event will reflect on the skills young people need for success after graduation, and highlight leaders implementing innovative strategies and partnerships. Featured organizations include representatives from America’s Promise, AmeriCorps, AVID, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG), Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, National Governors Association, North Carolina Department of Commerce, and Year Up.

When Where

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern



National Press Club, The Ballroom

529 14th St NW

13th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20045




8:25 AM  -  8:30 AM

Welcome from Dale Erquiaga

President and CEO of Communities In Schools

8:30 AM  -  9:10 AM

Keynote Address

9:15 AM  -  9:25 AM

Public Attitudes: Poll Data Release with Brandon Busteed

Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development at Gallup

9:25 AM  -  9:40 AM


9:40 AM  -  9:45 AM

Special Presentation

James Rivera, Alumnus, CIS of East Texas; Student, University of Texas at San Antonio

9:50 AM  -  10:30 AM

Turning Talk into Action: Identifying and Implementing Solutions

10:35 AM  -  11:15 AM

Partnering for Equity and Access to College and Career

11:20 AM  -  12:00 PM

Alumni Reflections: Navigating the College and Career Landscape

12:00 PM  -  12:05 PM


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