Volunteers still needed to help invite dropouts back to school

The Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation and Hennepin County still need volunteers for the "We Want You Back" Day of Action Saturday, Sept. 10. The second annual Day of Action enlists the communitys help in reaching young people and raising public awareness about the dropout crisis and graduation gap in Minneapolis. The "We Want You Back" campaign invites un-enrolled young people to come back to school, complete their credits and get their diploma.

To register to volunteer for the Sept. 10 Day of Action visit www.wewantyoubackmpls.org. If you need more information or know a young person who would like to re-enroll in school, contact Jo Haberman, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, at (612) 673-2720 or wwyb@ycb.org.

On the Day of Action, 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 Sep 6, 2011