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Forums to help devise action plans for upcoming dropout summit

Interested participants can register online

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Youth Advocacy Office, a division of the City Manager's Office, is hosting four discussion forums leading up to the Oct. 5 dropout summit at Pierson Auditorium at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The goal of the forums is for community stakeholders to create action plans to help combat students dropping out of school.

“We have an understanding of why students drop out and have compiled best practices in preventing dropouts, and now we are looking for commitments to implement action plans to proactively keep students in school,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. “We need the entire community to buy-in to solving this problem, because it is an issue that affects everyone.”

Each of the four forums are targeted at a certain group the organizers of the summit hope will provide a different perspective on the problem of youth dropping out of school. The forums include:

- Business/philanthropic – Sept. 15 from 9-11 a.m. at the Kaufman Foundation, 4800 Rockhill Road

- Faith based – Sept. 17 from 9-11 a.m. at Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 Swope Parkway

- Non-profit/parent/educators – Sept. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd St.

- Youth – Sept. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Linwood YMCA, 3800 E. Linwood Blvd.

Interested participants can register for the forums at

For more information on participating in the forums or on the Dropout Summit, contact Thalia Cherry at (816) 513-1378.

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