Community Learning Exchange


DC Youth Summit

This group is a place to share information about the "Voices in Action: National Youth Summit" sponsored by the Department of Education. There will be several CLE teams attending the summit and sharing their experience.

Location: Washington DC
Members: 12
Latest Activity: Jun 14, 2012

About the Youth Summit


President Barack Obama has set a goal that by 2020 the United States lead the world in college completion. Over the summer the United States' Department of Education (ED) conducted a National Youth Listening Tour to engage youth in a conversation on what it will take to meet the President's goal. ED met with more than 1800 middle and high school students from across the country. To close the tour, ED will host "Voices in Action: National Youth Summit."

The purpose of the summit will be to galvanize youth to shape strategies to provide pathways for all youth – those who are in middle and high school as well as those who are out of work, out of school and out of the mainstream – to be on track to achieve high school and postsecondary credentials. The summit will share what students have told ED to date, provide additional youth the opportunity to give input, provide opportunities to communicate their views and ideas directly to senior administration officials, and allow students to plan ongoing youth-led, youth-directed efforts which will continue after the summit.

Summit Details

WHAT: Day long event that will include workshops, music, entertainment, and dialogues on key issues that were raised during the tour including high quality teaching, mentors, school climate, family/parent engagement, and the college access/completion information gap
WHO: A diverse cross-section of 200-220 high school students and some middle school students.
WHEN: Saturday, February 26, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Washington D.C. (Banneker High School and Howard University)

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Comment by steve stapleton on June 14, 2012 at 12:30pm

Just received a phone call from Erin Lopes at Laguna Hills HS in southern CA reporting on what an impact Gracious Space and the CLE has had on her classes.  She did end of the year evaluations and she said across the board her students rated the Gracious Space circles held on Fridays to be the best part of the class.  She shared how it is a safe space for them to share, learn and grow, and the things said in the circle stay in the circle and don't become gossip around the school.  The students really learn to listen and respect each other.

Thanks for sharing Erin!

Comment by miguel a. guajardo on April 6, 2011 at 7:58pm

I got a message from the Department of Ed. who is organizing a conf. call for april 8th. see message below:

Dear Community Leaders,


This Friday, April 8th, the U.S. Department of Education will host a conference call for the participants of the National Youth Summit. This call will enable the participants to share their activities and plans around the President’s 2020 College Completion Goal and to coordinate efforts on the National Plan of Action (attached), which was launched at the National Youth Summit. Our Community Outreach Office feels that the momentum from the Summit must continue in the participants’ communities in order for the Summit to have a lasting impact.


Please forward this invitation to any interested youth or anyone in your region that is involved in youth engagement work. If you will be participating on the call, please RSVP with me by close of business Thursday, April 7, 2011.


Voices in Action National Plan of Action

Kick-off Conference Call

Friday, April 8, 2011

3 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. Central Time, 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time)

Call in: 1-866-842-3793

Participant Code: 5304033 #



With hope,



Holly Bullard

Office of Communication and Outreach

U.S. Department of Education



Comment by steve stapleton on April 6, 2011 at 4:56pm

The following message was sent in follow up to the National Youth Summit, along with the attachment:

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "Gomez, Robert" <>
Cc: "Retana, Alberto" <>
Sent: Fri, April 1, 2011 3:45:00 PM
Subject: Youth Summit Follow Up- National Plan of Action

Dear Community Leaders,


Thank you once again for your support and attendance to the first ever National Youth Summit on February 26th in Washington, D.C.  As you know, the summit gathered over 600 individuals including students, education policymakers, and Administration officials in breakout sessions and workshops to identify what schools and communities need to best prepare students for college and career.  All the work was organized around five themes raised during last year’s National Youth Listening Tour: effective teaching, college information gaps, parental involvement, community mentors, and school climate and discipline.  You can find more information on our webpage.


To continue to build on the powerful momentum of the Summit, we would like to invite your students or organization to complete one or more of the youth empowerment activities in the attached National Plan of Action and share with us the results. These activities include 1. Getting a transcript 2. Holding a college related event at your school 3. Hosting your own youth summit or routable discussion. The groups that share their results and have the most impact and students reached will have a chance to meet with or call Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for a discussion during the month of June. To participate, groups will need to e-mail a one-page summary describing your event(s) and its impact on youth, school, and/or community, including number of youth participants when possible, to me at by Thursday May 6, 2011.  Include pictures or videos that document your event(s). Finalists will be announced in early June.


We will be holding a regional conference call early next week where we will provide more details.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions.



Robert Gomez
Management and Program Analyst

Office of Communications and Outreach
United States Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
Phone: (202) 260-3644

National Plan of Action PDF

Comment by miguel a. guajardo on March 18, 2011 at 8:45pm

Dominic, thanks for the video. it captures much of the experience and dialogue.




Comment by miguel a. guajardo on March 18, 2011 at 8:44pm

This has been amazing and inspiring ride! the youth and teams who joined us in DC are powerful. The humility, team spirit and insight our team members presented is both instructive and authentic... as Cesar says, "everybody should taste this everyone should get a taste of this."


Looking forward to more conversations. se cuidan.




Comment by steve stapleton on March 17, 2011 at 2:51pm

Check out these 3 videos from the National Youth Summit CLE February 26, 2011.

Youth Summit Video, Washington, DC, February 26, 2011

Juan Ozuna introduces Llano Grande's approach to college preparation for students in South Texas through storytelling. The approach emphasizes building relationships with the community and uses storytelling as the means of teaching and learning.

Community Learning Exchange at the National Youth Summit from Juan Ozuna on Vimeo.

Comment by steve stapleton on March 4, 2011 at 4:02pm

Here's a link to some reflections posted by our team from California and Hawaii.

Thanks for sharing your reflections Erin, Norma, and Sam!

Comment by Cheryl D. Fields on March 3, 2011 at 3:45pm
Also, I was SO proud of my son Mandela. At 8 years old, he showed incredible commitment and stamina during the summit. Keep watching the site for video footage that he shot, including an interview with Alberto Retana.
Comment by Cheryl D. Fields on March 3, 2011 at 3:43pm
The Youth Voices CLE was an inspiring event. The WH Summit was a little frustrating -- too much adult talking, too little adult listening -- I was moved by the passion of the youth and their commitment to partnering with the government to press toward higher graduation rates. Kudos to all the CLE youth who participated. You all made us proud!  So, let's keep it moving!
Comment by Francisco Guajardo on February 10, 2011 at 3:01pm
good idea, steve.  i'll pass this along to the llano grande staff to see if we can drum up some support.  thanks for the heads up.  look forward to reconnecting in washington.

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