Monday, May 09, 2005

Announcement: Young leaders in DCPS high schools work to improve the city

From the Close Up Foundation's Great American Cities Program
Washington, DC students from all 16 high schools in DCPS will host an exposition presenting their progress in taking organized action to bring important issues to the attention of appropriate decision-makers for policy action. The exposition will highlight the work students have done to push decision makers to change policy on issues ranging from youth violence to student representation in education planning. The event will be held Thursday, May 12, from 9-2 at Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel at L'Enfant Plaza metro stop.

Earlier this year students participated in a Community Action training program hosted by the Close Up Foundation. The program instructed local students and teachers in grassroots strategy and urban policy. The program is specifically designed to empower urban students to become active participants and leaders in the decisions that affect them in their schools and their communities.

After the weeklong training with teachers and students, the participants were challenged to go back to their schools and neighborhoods and carry out a plan of organized action using the five-step model they learned in training. The exposition presents their efforts and achievements over the last year, as well as offers the students the ability to learn and assist one another with their action initiatives.

Joining DC students and teachers will be a number of community organizations in celebration of community action. Please call Julie Harris, Program Coordinator at the Close Up Foundation at 703.706.3474 for additional information.

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