Grand Rapids, MI Community Summit


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Event Name                                                        

GRPS GradNation Summit 2014: From Diploma to Degree

Event Description

The City of Grand Rapids through Our Community’s Children and in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools, will host over 500 GRPS graduating seniors as well as parents, business leaders, elected officials, civic organizations, non-profits, higher education, foundations and faith-based organizations at the GRPS GradNation Summit: From Diploma to Degree on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parent University. This summit will feature a variety of workshops on college and career readiness, a college and career expo, luncheon with nationally renowned speakers, testimonials from students about the supports they need to get to college and through college, and a dialogue between youth and adults to help create solutions to close the gaps that exist in the college to career pipeline.

Summit Summary

Event Date and Time                                          

Tuesday, November 25, 2014; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Lunch with Keynote at Noon

Event Location                                                                     

GRPS Parent University
1400 Fuller Ave., NE
Grand Rapids MI 49505

Convening Organization                         

Our Community's Children

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Additional Details

Local Sponsors & Co-Conveners:                

City of Grand Rapids; Our Community’s Children; Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS); To College, Through College Initiative; Talent20125; Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Keynote Speakers:                                      

David J. Johns, Executive Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and Dr. Andre Perry, Founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University

Featured Session:                                            

Teens Speak - This session gives the Class of 2015 an opportunity to speak and be heard in front of school administrators and board members, business leaders, elected officials and community leaders about how they are planning for life after high school.  They will share their personal perspectives about school and community resources, illuminate real life fears and barriers, give solutions to increasing the number of students getting to and through college, express the need for career opportunities and define future goals.