I’d like to share just a few reflections on George HW Bush on his birthday. Over the years, I’ve come to be a huge admirer and fan of President George Bush, and I want to add my name, energy and stories to the tributes to President Bush today as he and we celebrate his 90th birthday.
How do you pay tribute to one who has given so much of himself in service to our Nation? We humbly pay tribute to you, President Bush, on your 90th birthday with a service project that benefits those who need our help. You called us to our better natures when you asked that we all become one of many Points of Light.
This is the time of year when all over America, family and friends are celebrating the accomplishments of students who have taken a significant step in preparing for their future – earning a high school diploma. As much as we commend them for their hard work, we also need to realize that at every graduation ceremony taking place at thousands of high schools from coast-to-coast, each of the graduating classes should be larger.
Growing up in the bayou of Louisiana certainly conjures images of a fertile, gumbo-esque estuary. The incubator of our unique style, arts, culture, social norms and flavor that in turn, shape us all. Parts of that mix-matched character resonates throughout our institutions, behaviors, conditions and vectors that spread those ideas. One thing that sticks out in my memory of school was playing the dozens (also known as 'Yo mama' jokes).
It’s hard to think of the America’s Promise Alliance’s Five Promises without getting past the first promise: Caring Adults. In many ways, it’s the cornerstone of everything that we do here. NPR recently posted a blog with the headline, “No Silver Bullet for High School Dropout,” and where I agree, there is no silver bullet, I do think that Caring Adults help inoculate against a lot of factors that keep young people from graduating from high school on time.
Highlights: The Summit began with a CEO breakfast, attended by 60 local business leaders. During the breakfast, the superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools briefly described the major issues facing the District and Dr. Robert Balfanz discussed the national scope of the problem and successful solutions from across the country. The breakfast ended with a call to action and support for our children. The Summit attracted more than 250 people representing parents, youth, government, community and faith based groups, educators, business and the juvenile justice system.
Summit Location: Cleveland Convention Center Highlights: City Year convened this summit with support from the Cleveland Metro School District and the Cleveland Clinic. Approximately 1,100 people attended. The dropout prevention summit, for the business and non-profit leaders, and youth summit were held on Friday, May 22 at the Cleveland Convention Center. On Saturday, May 23, a youth and parental engagement summit was held with Bill Cosby as the keynote speaker.