REGIONAL COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT SUMMIT TO BE HOSTED BY DPS LEADERSHIP

Detroit, MI — If not me.who? If not now.when? It is a theme that was born of the Civil Rights movement but it applies equally well to any wide-spread problems that exist in and undermine our society, along with the responsibility of the citizenry to aggressively work together on solutions.

The Metro Detroit area has been hit especially hard by the economic crisis that has a choke hold on the state and the nation. The result: overwhelming problems and pressures on citizens related too frequently to simply meeting everyday needs. This often causes neighborhood and familial discord that requires intervention, especially for the children who are now facing interpersonal and societal pressures that they were never meant to bear.

The Detroit Public Schools District revolves around the education and welfare of children so it is natural that District leadership has a strong interest in the way families and children are handling the crushing crisis and the aid that they need. The leadership understands that the destructive societal problems are just that, “societal problems,” and are not solvable by just one group. District leadership also realizes that every citizen in our area must be made aware-must step forward with ideas-and must be committed to working on solutions. This great responsibility and need prompted the creation of a Summit and the invitation to over 200 Regional organizations and individuals to come together, pool their varied resources and take the first steps toward developing solutions to help heal and restore the area to a higher functioning level.

On Monday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., The Detroit Public Schools will host the “Greater Detroit Safe City and Schools Summit” at the Frederick Douglass Academy, 2001 W. Warren. The Summit will waste no one’s time. It will be a working session where the regional/community challenges will be clearly defined and a gap analysis will be conducted to help map out a regional plan that focuses on saving our children, our schools and ultimately our communities. The key topics to be addressed are (increasing) Family Engagement; Physical and Mental Health; Safe Routes to Schools/Safe Schools, and Truancy/Dropout Prevention. DPS departments such as Security/Public Safety, Transportation, Social Work, Counseling, Specialized Student Services and more will be present. Many Metro Detroit agencies, organizations, and community-based projects have been invited. Along with the community focus, the District also invited members of regional law enforcement agencies and government, the mayoral candidates, and local, state and federal education departments.

The goal is solutions not exclusions so the Summit is open to everyone, but attendees must register. To access the registration form and a short survey, go to www.detroitk12.org, and click on the
“Greater Detroit Safe City and Schools Summit” graphic in the upper-middle portion of the home page.

For information about DPS enrollment, call 313-873-7098 or visit our website at www.detroitk12.org.

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