Last month we hosted an informal round table with residents from Perth Amboy and New Brunswick on the topic of “at-risk youth.” The goal of the meeting was to begin a dialogue about some of the challenges facing young students in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy, and determine where to start looking for solutions.

The discussion was attended by concerned citizens and people with backgrounds in education and recreation for young people. While it was just an introductory meeting, it yielded great starting points for future reforms, and helped create a framework for meaningful change in how our communities address at-risk youth. 

fbc_december_event.jpgAnd they are hitting the ground running -- to keep the conversation going. Leaders from the New Brunswick region are hosting a lecture by Dr. Penelope Lattimer, "Strategies to Promote Student Achievement in Your Community," at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens at 771 Somerset St.,  Somerset, NJ this Saturday, December 14 from 10am to 2pm.  

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Dr. Lattimer will be discussing strategies for community officials, parents, and residents to improve student opportunities. This is a great opportunity to learn about successful initiatives and bring it back to your community. Dr. Lattimer brings years of experience as a Former Assistant NJ State Commissioner of Education and currently Director of the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement.

At The Citizens Campaign we will continue to bring in more experts and concerned citizens from around the state to add further perspective to the discussion and contribute to solution building.  If you would like to be notified about the next round table discussion on at-risk youth, send a request to