Opening a Second Front Against the Dropout Epidemic

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 -
7:30am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing sponsored by Common Cents, Parish of Trinity Church/Trinity Wall Street, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Funders concerned with P-12 education, social justice programs, citizenship, and service-learning.


Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school.  Nationwide the typical freshman class shrinks 40% by the time students reach senior year – close to 50% in New York City.  The U.S. currently ranks 18th for highschool graduation among the nations belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

Current efforts to fight the dropout epidemic focus on treatment and prevention for adolescents -- targeting youth who have already quit school, or at-risk middle schoolers.  This briefing will explore a new possibility: to open a “second front” against the dropout epidemic by helping children throughout their school careers to build and maintain an indissoluble bond with their schools and communities through service-learning. 

It will feature reports from the field by a panel of innovators from the faith, corporate, philanthropic, and educational communities.  Grantmakers will be introduced to the ground-breaking  initiatives of Trinity Wall Street, State Farm Insurance, and the corporate and school-based models of Common Cents, the education reform organization known for the Penny Harvest.  


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