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Symposium on regional youth initiative is Friday
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Symposium on regional youth initiative is Friday

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier will deliver the keynote address at a public symposium this Friday entitled “Cradle to Career—Building Youth Success from Aspen to Parachute.”
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier will deliver the keynote address at a public symposium this Friday entitled “Cradle to Career—Building Youth Success from Aspen to Parachute.”
ASPEN—The US assistant secretary of education is the keynote speaker at a public symposium this Friday entitled “Cradle to Career—Building Youth Success from Aspen to Parachute.”

The local Cradle to Career Initiative, which is being organized by the Aspen Community Foundation, is a collaborative partnership aimed at using principles of “collective impact” to focus funding, knowledge, and attention on preparing and readying the next generation of the region’s students for productive lives.

The February 15 symposium, which is open to the public, will inform and shape the initiative locally through speakers, dialog, case studies, and interaction among the stakeholders.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier will deliver the keynote address followed by a conversation with symposium moderator Eric Nee, managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Topics to be covered in the symposium include the power of collective impact, case studies for community-wide youth success, and funding for impact.

The Cradle to Career Initiative began in the summer of 2012, and includes more than 60 leaders from educational institutions and school districts, the private and nonprofit sectors, public service agencies and community organizations from Aspen to Parachute. Officials from four school districts—Garfield 16, RE-2, RE-1, and Aspen—are also involved.

Some of Cradle to Career’s early local outcomes include a full-time college counseling office at Basalt High School and Gus the Bus, a mobile preschool that serves children in the Rifle area.

The symposium is one way to help keep all involved moving together in a positive direction.

“Through practical advice and real-world case studies, this symposium will seek to, one, help illuminate a path to success for our youth and community and, two, build strong momentum and enthusiasm for our Cradle To Career Initiative among the education community, business and non-profit leaders, elected officials, valley citizens and donors,” said John Bennett, director of the Initiative.

The symposium takes place from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Institute. The cost of $25 includes breakfast and lunch. Tickets are available at www.aspencommunityfoundation.org.

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