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The California Endowment and Area Political and Business Leaders to Send Door-to-Door Volunteer Operation to Get Chronically Absent Kids Back in School
[January 23, 2014]

The California Endowment and Area Political and Business Leaders to Send Door-to-Door Volunteer Operation to Get Chronically Absent Kids Back in School

--(Business Wire)--

The California Endowment:



The California Endowment will convene the second in a series of its signature Sons and Brothers Student Recovery Days to galvanize parents, students, teachers, community-based organizations, civic leaders and volunteers to go door-to-door and recover chronically absent youth by bringing them back to school or connecting their family to the appropriate social service needed to address what could be clinical issues requiring varying forms of professional assistance.



Robert K. Ross, MD, president & CEO, The California Endowment
Curren Price, Jr., Los Angeles City Councilmember, 9th District
Reggie Jones-Sawyer, California Assemblymember, 59th District
Steve Zimmer, Los Angeles Board of Education, 4th District
Dr. Alma Salazar, VP of Education and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Theresa Martinez, President and CEO, the Latino Chamber of Commerce
Skip Cooper, CEO, the Black Business Association
Peter Beltran from the Latino Business Association
Efren Martinez, Executive Director, the Florence-Firestone/Walnut Park Chamber of Commerce


California's future is in color. More than 70% of people in California under the age of 25 identify as persons of color in the 2010 Census. We cannot succeed without them, yet far too many of our boys and young men of color are falling behind in school or are in crisis. The Chambers of Commerce support this work because they know the success of boys and young men of color is important to California's future economic outlook. The California Endowment has made a commitment to helping improve the outcomes for boys and young men of color and has allocated significant financial and intellectual resources to that effort.


8:30 a.m., Friday, January 24, 2014



John C. Fremont High School
7676 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles

Note to reporters and editors:

The day will be highlighted by a "keep kids in school" program in which partners will go into the community to the homes of absent students in an effort to bring them back to school and connect their family to any needed social services. This program will begin with an 8:30 am press conference, followed by a 9:00 a.m. volunteer training and dispatch. Volunteers will go door-to-door in the surrounding community and return at 12 noon for lunch and debriefing. Reporters will not be allowed to accompany volunteers to the homes of absent students due to privacy issues.

Interviews with Robert K. Ross, MD and others will be available onsite. Please contact Ed Sanders in advance to set-up interviews.

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