National and Regional Leaders Seek Solutions to Family Challenges at Inaugural Summit on the Metropolitan Family

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For the first time ever, top civic and business leaders and many highly respected individuals from various arenas will come together to tackle major challenges facing low-income and vulnerable families at the inaugural Summit on the Metropolitan Family. This groundbreaking event, convened by Metropolitan Family Services, will take place Wednesday, May 30, at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center. In the Chicago area, as well as other major metropolitan areas, a rapidly growing number of families encounter multiple barriers not easily overcome. The Summit on the Metropolitan Family is designed to prioritize issues, debate ideas and inspire new directions for cross-sector collaborations that will strengthen our region's families.

For the first time ever, leaders representing business, academia, foundations, government, education, nonprofits and media will come together to tackle major challenges facing low-income and vulnerable families at the inaugural Summit on the Metropolitan Family. This groundbreaking event, convened by Metropolitan Family Services, will take place Wednesday, May 30, at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago.

In the Chicago area, as well as other major metropolitan areas, a rapidly growing number of families encounter multiple barriers not easily overcome merely through hard work. Summit participants will prioritize these obstacles in an environment designed to stimulate ongoing joint responses from private and public organizations.

"The Summit on the Metropolitan Family is designed to prioritize issues, debate ideas and inspire new directions for cross-sector collaborations that will strengthen our region's families," says Dr. Richard Jones, president and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services. "By investing in vulnerable families, we can drive positive results in our schools, improve the safety of our neighborhoods, revitalize the business sector and promote a strong democracy for our future."

Juan Williams, national political correspondent for National Public Radio and Fox News, will lead the charge with his keynote, "Urban Youth - Problems and Promise," and also take part in "Defining the Metropolitan Family, An Armchair Conversation" along with Clarence Page, editorial board member and columnist with the Chicago Tribune. Page also will deliver a luncheon keynote, "Restoring the Family as a Bedrock Institution."

Voices of the area's top civic and business leaders and many highly respected individuals from various arenas will be heard through moderated panel discussions, which include:

  •     From Fragility to Financial Stability - Creating Economic Opportunities    
  •     From Attendance to Educational Engagement - Designing New Paths to Success
  •     From Ozzie and Harriet to Contemporary Families - Accommodating Their Needs
  •     From Vulnerable Youth to Contributing Adults - Building Protective Systems
  •     Engagement of Chicago's Mexican American Community

Public attendance is by invitation only. For press information, contact Ann Pinkney, 312/986-4032 or Lisa Garhan at 630/836-9412.

About Metropolitan Family Services

Metropolitan Family Services has been at the heart of Chicago's city and suburban communities responding to the needs of families for 150 years. Through seven major community centers, their related locations and social policy advocacy, Metropolitan serves low-income and working-poor families facing a dynamic and ever-changing environment. As an integral part of each community we serve, we listen, actively participate and lead the way in helping families realize their amazing strength. http://www.metrofamily.org.

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