Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Youth Success Strategies Conference at Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Mentoring Partnership, the Georgia Parental Information & Resource Center, and the Adolescent Family Life Project, in partnership with Communities In Schools of Georgia, are conducting a joint conference to provide resources and help participants better serve at-risk students. The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about mentoring, parent engagement, dropout prevention and other youth development strategies. Participants will learn how innovative ideas and techniques can help establish and maintain effective school and community-based programs. Hot topics that are frequently in the news, with suggestions on how to manage, will also be discussed. Visit www.cisga.org for more details and registration information.

WHAT: Youth Success Strategies Conference
WHO: Individuals and organizations working with at-risk students
WHERE: Georgia Aquarium
WHEN: November 16-18

Event topic highlights and speakers include:

-- Games that Children Play, interactive session to help adults
understand the influence of Hip Hop music
-- Navigating the School System
-- In preparation for National Mentoring Month in January, Dr. Susan
Weinberger, known nationally as "Dr. Mentor," provides mentor/mentee
-- How to Mentor Children of Prisoners
-- Byron Garrett, CEO of the National PTA, keynote luncheon speaker

-- Cathy Berger Kaye, Service Learning Expert

CIS is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. CIS partners with local school districts and community organizations to connect needed resources and services to kids and families. In Georgia, 42 CIS local affiliates and 21 Performance Learning Centers(R) (PLCs) provide services to more than 160,000 students in 54 school systems. Key programs include mentoring, tutoring, parent education, literacy, after-school programs, youth leadership, and PLCs. PLCs are geared toward high school students who are not succeeding in the traditional school setting. Communities sponsoring CIS programs have seen an increase in their school graduation rates, a decrease in violence and disruptions, and an increase in attendance and academic achievement. For more information, visit www.cisga.org or call 404-897-2955.

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