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U.S. Secretary of Education to Give Remarks, Take Questions from Student Leaders at Education Department’s First-Ever National Youth Summit

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Event Date 1: February 26, 2011 09:00 am - 11:00 am

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will give remarks followed by a question and answer session at Voices in Action: National Youth Summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Howard University. During his address, Duncan will highlight the President’s national goal to once again lead the world in college graduates by 2020, and he will discuss the valuable role youth play in improving education by taking responsibility for their education and acting as student leaders in their schools and communities.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Education organized a National Youth Listening Tour in 13 cities and over 1,700 middle and high school student participated. This weekend, the Department will hold its first-ever national youth summit to provide students the opportunity to share findings from last year’s tour with peers from across the country, administration officials and education policy leaders. The summit also includes discussion sessions based around the tour’s five most common themes: effective teaching, college information gaps, parental involvement, community mentors and school climate and discipline.

In addition, the daylong event will include workshops as well as music and entertainment from participating youth and youth organizations. Adobe Youth Voices, a global initiative of the Adobe Foundation that empowers youth through technology and media, will kick off the summit with a student-produced song, entitled, “2020 Vision,” that shows what communities, families and schools can do to help youth be more successful in school. Additional entertainment includes a poetry slam by Guerilla Arts Ink Entertainment along with performances by DJ Priest and Asheru.

An agenda and other resources on the Voices in Action: National Youth Summit are available at

Media interested in attending should RSVP to Kerry-Ann Hamilton at

Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
What : Remarks and Q&A at the Education Department’s first-ever national youth summit, Voices in Action: National Youth Summit
When : Saturday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m. ET (Remarks will take place at 9:30 a.m. ET)
Where : Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. N.W. Washington DC (The auditorium is located between Howard Pl. and Fairmont St., off Georgia Avenue.)