CNAY staff participated in a national education conference at the White House on March 17, at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama.
The conference, “Beating the Odds: Successful Strategies from Schools & Youth Agencies that Build Ladders of Opportunity,” is part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and featured keynote speakers addressing education policy, research and reform. First Lady Michelle Obama provided a welcoming address.
The March 17 event was part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative and convened researchers, foundations, educators, and youth program participants to discuss how youth organizations can best support youth from lower incomes and disadvantaged communities to access and succeed in higher education, highlighting a positive youth development approach.
The challenges identified included how to create links between different youth-serving systems as well as scaling up successful programs and initiatives. The room was full of people who truly see youth as assets to society and who are dedicated to expanding the supports provided to youth both in and out of school. It was also a unique opportunity for people who are all passionate about this work to share knowledge and make connections.