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Secretary Duncan to Visit Denver as Part of Native Youth Listening Tour

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 13th, 2015 Last Updated on: May 13th, 2015

As we mentioned back in December during the White House Tribal Nations Conference, the Obama Administration was launching a Cabinet Native Youth Listening Tour, which would help give the President the opportunity to hear directly from Native youth on how to bolster federal policies to improve youth outcomes. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell started things off back in February with her visit to Phoenix, Arizona area with tribal visits. Now U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be in Colorado. Read more about his visit in the below press release from the U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Denver May 13-14 for a roundtable with Native youth; a basketball clinic; a school visit; a luncheon with the Denver Education Compact; and keynote remarks at Denver Community College’s graduation ceremony.

Via genindigenous.com

Via genindigenous.com

On Wednesday, May 13, at 4:20 p.m. MT, the Secretary will conduct a basketball clinic following a roundtable with Native youth as part of the Obama Administration Native Youth Listening Tour. During the sixth White House Tribal Nations Conference, President Obama announced that members of his Cabinet would visit Indian Country to hear directly from Native youth and launched the Gen-Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative to focus on improving the lives of Native youth by removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. Through new investments and increased engagement, the Gen-I Initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential. There will be a press availability at 5 p.m.

On Thursday, May 14, at 8:45 a.m. MT, he will visit McGlone Elementary School with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg. The Secretary will visit a classroom and meet with students, teachers, school leaders, and community members about McGlone’s dramatic academic transformation. This event will be followed by a press availability at 10:05.

At 11:30 a.m. MT, Secretary Duncan will meet with the Denver Education Compact, co-chaired by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Boasberg, to learn about this public-private partnership and engage in a conversation about its successes and impact.

Finally at 7 p.m. MT, Secretary Duncan will deliver remarks at the Community College of Denver’s commencement ceremony. He will speak about the need for graduates to use their education as a tool for good, as they shape America’s future. In today's economy, a high school diploma just isn't enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why First Lady Michelle Obama is working to rally the country around the President's goal for America to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady’s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

Event 1
WHO: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
WHAT: Basketball clinic and Obama Administration Native youth listening session
WHEN: 4:20 p.m. MT, Wednesday, May 13, 2015
WHERE:
Denver Indian Center
4407 Morrison Road
Denver, Colorado

Event 2
WHO: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper & Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg
WHAT: School visit and roundtable discussion
WHEN: 8:45 a.m. MT, Thursday, May 14, 2015
WHERE:
McGlone Elementary School
4500 Crown Blvd.
Denver, Colorado

Event 3
WHO: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock & Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg
WHAT: Denver Education Compact luncheon
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. MT, Thursday, May 14, 2015
WHERE:
Gates Family Foundation Office
1390 Lawrence Street, Room 400
Denver, Colorado

Space is limited for attending media. Please RSVP to Amber Miller at [email protected]

Event 4
WHO: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
WHAT: Denver Community College Commencement Address
WHEN: 7 p.m. MT, Thursday, May 14, 2015
WHERE:
University of Denver, Magness Arena, Ritchie Center
2240 E. Buchtel Blvd.
Denver, Colorado


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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