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  Mission  to  Actionable  Intel   Imagine  if  every  organization  committed  to  adopt  one  local  elementary,  middle,  or   high  school.    Now  imagine  if  individuals  in  those  organizations  became  answers  to   those  efforts  by  volunteering  within  the  schools  as  hallway  monitors,  aides,  tutors,   event  organizers,  PTA  delegates,  or  coaches.    Even  better,  imagine  if  the  students   themselves  were  empowered  to  be  tutors  and  ambassadors  on  the  campuses;  and  if   all  staff  members  –  whether  teachers,  aids,  principals,  or  agency  administrators  –   recognized  their  profession  as  a  calling  and  not  just  a  job.    Lastly  where  are  the  jobs,   and  how  to  keep  Compton  High  School  competitive?   Known  Enemies   Personal  and  community  struggles,  such  as  sexuality,  HIV/AIDS,  family   disintegration,  and  gangs.    Systemic  injustices  such  as  a  public  education  system   where  60%  of  elementary  school  students  don’t  read  at  grade  level,  yet  spends  $12   billion  educating  them,  and  generational  poverty  that  traps  nearly  30%  of  NYC   children  below  the  poverty  line,  with  72%  of  Latino  and  61%  of  African  American   children.    Lastly,  handling  the  lack  of  thought,  the  lack  of  being,  the  lack  of  hope.      


Why  public  schools?   Effective  “fishing”  requires  going  where  fish  gather,  namely  within  schools.  Factor   into  the  mix  the  reality  that  public  school  students  come  disproportionately  from   our  nation’s  most  vulnerable  communities,  and  compassion  compels  organizations   to  be  transformational  agents   How  then  should  organizations  engage  Compton?  By  viewing  the  school  district  and   their  systems  not  as  enemies,  but  as  allies  for  equipping  kids  to  prosper  and  become   future  citizens  and  parents  themselves.  


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