City, public schools partner to get dropouts back in school

The Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and City of Minneapolis have joined forces again for the "We Want You Back" campaign to get un-enrolled students back in school. Saturday, Sept. 10 is the second annual Day of Action that enlists the communitys help in reaching young people and raising public awareness about the dropout crisis and graduation gap in Minneapolis. "We Want You Back" invites un-enrolled young people to come back to school, complete their credits and get their diploma.

The Youth Coordinating Board is mobilizing and training hundreds of volunteers to connect with those who want to return to school. The campaign’s strategy includes outreach at parks, libraries, and community events to generate awareness, culminating in a citywide door-knocking event on Saturday, Sept. 10. Minneapolis Public Schools staff will be available that day to help students with the re-enrollment process.

Volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed for the Sept. 10 Day of Action to help reach young people who did not finish high school. To sign up to volunteer, or if you know a young person who would like to re-enroll, contact Jo Haberman with the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
via email or at (612) 673-2720. For more information, visit the We Want You Back website.

On Sept. 10, hundreds of volunteers will be walking together throughout the city, distributing information, and talking with young people about re-enrolling in a program or school that fits best for them. Last year, 100 signed up on the spot to talk with Minneapolis school staff about getting on a path to finish their diploma, and 14 students have since graduated.

Superintendent of Schools Bernadeia Johnson, Mayor R.T. Rybak and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman jointly chair the We Want You Back Campaign. "We Want You Back" is based on a successful model that is working in cities such as Houston and Philadelphia.

Published Aug. 11, 2011