Strive Network Managing Director Jeff Edmondson Discussed 'Collaborative Action’ at National Points of Light Conference in Chicago

Sponsored by Points of Light, the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago is the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors.

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Jeff Edmondson

This is a great opportunity to show how volunteers in communities all over the country are transforming education outcomes by identifying their most pressing challenges, focusing on what works and seeing positive results

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) June 20, 2012

Strive Network Managing Director Jeff Edmondson Tuesday joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, CNN Anchor and Correspondent Soledad O’Brien and other education leaders to address how public service and volunteerism can help influence education in the United States.

Sponsored by Points of Light, the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago is the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors.The event ends today.

Edmondson, part of a 90-minute session titled “Celebrating the Power of Service in Education,” discussed Strive’s “collaborative action” approach and addressed ways citizens can volunteer to help influence education outcomes for children in their communities by focusing on strategies that work.

"We have to stop being program-rich and systems poor," he said. "How can we we build stronger partnerships for our communities?"

Edmondson, who began his career as a Habitat for Humanity and Peace Corps volunteer, is now expanding the Strive Network’s cradle to career approach nationwide. Communities in more than 20 states have expressed a desire to replicate the approach. Successful implementations are under way in Boston, Portland, Houston, Richmond, Va.; East Bay, California, and multiple other sites.

Strive’s national work is rooted in the success of a collaborative, cradle-to-career partnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, founded in 2006 known as the Strive Partnership. Consisting of more than 300 civic groups, businesses, nonprofits, colleges, public agencies, and philanthropies, the partnership has helped the region improve outcomes across the full education continuum.

In addition to Edmondson, Duncan and O’Brien, who served as moderator of the education session, other speakers at the event included Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Laysha Ward, President of Target Community Relations; and David Rojas, 2009 Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago Youth of the Year.

Founded in 2011, the Strive Network works with communities nationwide to help create a civic infrastructure to unite stakeholders around shared goals, measures, and results in education, supporting the success of every child, cradle to career. Its national work is rooted in the success the Strive Partnership, a cradle-to-career initiative in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, founded in 2006.

KnowledgeWorks is bringing the future of learning to America’s high schools and creating widespread, lasting change in the communities and states we serve. Our portfolio of high school approaches includes New Tech Network high schools, and EDWorks Fast Track, New Start and STEMLAB high schools.


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