St. Petersburg Dropout Prevention Summit
Summit Location: TBD
- The St. Petersburg Summit will bring together key partners from all sectors within our community to develop an Action Plan with measures and timelines to serve as a community guideline to address the dropout crisis. In conjunction with Students First Alliance, http://www.studentsfirstpinellas.org, a county-wide initiative developed by the Pinellas Education Foundation to address the dropout crisis, the St. Petersburg/Pinellas County Summit will give its community an opportunity to unite all efforts, educate the community at large, and develop a system-wide plan with realistic measures and timelines that every citizen in Pinellas County can embrace.
- A volunteer youth partner from St. Petersburg High School will bring the concerns and ideas of youth to the summit planning committee. The Life Skills Center, a school for 16-21 year olds who either have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out due to poverty, addictions, teen pregnancy, and family issues will provide support for the summit. TASCO, which stands for Teen Arts, Sports & Cultural Opportunities, offers youth development opportunities and activities for teenagers in grades 6-12, will lend its hand in providing speakers. Pinellas County Youth Council will be involved in all stages of the Summit.
- Representative Bill Heller is very committed to education and will partner with the City to actively engage state and federal legislators. St. Pete will also have support from new school board member, Nina Hayden, who is committed to working with our judicial system to figure out innovative ways to reduce youth arrests.
- Individual breakout sessions will be organized to develop and support existing targeted strategies to assist low performing schools. From the 5000 Role Models Program, which targets at-risk minority males to the Response to Intervention teams, which identifies special needs students, partners in every sector will be mobilized to bring culturally appropriate, coordinated efforts across the County to every school.