Abraham Lincoln High School in Philadelphia hosted a Youth Summit with a performance by Grammy Award winning artist, actor, and author Common, and appearances by MTV News Correspondent Sway Calloway; DJ Diamond Kuts from Power 99, Freeway, Marsha Ambrosius.
The summit was the latest stop on the Get Schooled National Challenge and Tour, a multi-city tour to motivate students and improve graduations rates and college completion rates.
The reasoning behind this tour: every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school; a third of all students fail to graduate high school; most low-income students who start, never finish college.
According to a College Board report in a generation, America has moved from first to twelfth place in the proportion of adults aged 25 to 34 with postsecondary degrees.
During the event, Common and Sway talked to over 1900 students about their biggest challenges in school and how to identify and achieve educational goals.
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The Tour will take place in Memphis, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver. The Youth Summits will engage young people in a conversation about how they view education, lay out the educational challenges that face our communities, and ask them to step up to the challenge.
Anyone who commits to ‘stepping up’ to the Get Schooled Challenge online during the week that Get Schooled visits their city, will be eligible to win a free laptop. Participants can enter to win by visiting Get Schooled website for each city i.e. http://www.getschooled.com/Philadelphia
The summits will be followed by two days of Get Schooled Bus events hosted by local celebrity education ambassadors and will include a variety of activities and free giveaways.
Watch Common speak:
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