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Summit 54

August 25, 2010 10:00 ET

Summit 54 Conference Explores Urban Education September 15-17

Aspen Conference Features Colorado Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien, Education Leaders

ASPEN, CO--(Marketwire - August 25, 2010) -  Educators, policy makers, community leaders, mentors, technology pioneers and nonprofit organizations will converge at the Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen Colo., from Sept. 15-17 to discuss education opportunities for urban students. The conference is part of the launch of nonprofit organization Summit 54, a program for urban students that delivers complete college financing paired with academic skills and real-world training for a lifetime of success.

The conference, "Emerging Trends & Innovations in Urban Education: Instruction, Mentorship and Guidance For Life Success," features the most notable names in mentorship and education, including organizations such as Apple, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Hope Online, "I Have a Dream" Foundation, The Partnership for Families and Children, THINK Together and The event also features keynote addresses from Colorado Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien and State Senator Mike Johnston.

Co-hosted by the Aspen Institute, the conference will focus on how researchers, policy makers and educators can promote the importance of setting high expectations and implementing innovative means of preparation and motivation to help urban students succeed.

"Summit 54 is all about expanding opportunity to urban students, and helping them to rise above a system that is failing them," said Tony Caine, founder of Summit 54. "To do that successfully, we need to build collaboration among educators and provide a forum to share innovative ideas. This event is a fantastic opportunity for anyone involved in preparing urban students for college and for life."

Included in the conference schedule are panels and sessions covering topics such as urban technology, transition to high school, emotional/social stability, cultural change and mentorship. The event also features a special screening of "The Lottery," a documentary film by director Madeleine Sackler that uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and follows four families who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. The film will be shown Thursday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m., at the Paepcke Auditorium at 1000 N. Third St. Karl Willingham, a parent featured in the film, will be on hand as Sackler addresses conference attendees. Conference non-attendees can purchase tickets for $5.

The conference is open to the community and anyone involved in urban education. Registration is free for those in nonprofit, education and related fields, but space is limited. For a full conference agenda, register, or purchase tickets to "The Lottery" screening, visit

About Summit 54
Summit 54 is a program for urban students that delivers complete college financing paired with academic skills and real-world training for a lifetime of success. Summit 54, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, requires students to earn their success through more than 1,600 hours of work outside the classroom and guarantees full college financing for those who complete the program and gain college admission. The organization's intense, four-year, 54-step program is one of the first in the country to take a unique 360-degree approach, developing each student's intellectual, social and emotional skills. Summit 54 was founded by Tony Caine and the LJM Foundation in 2009 and operates in Chicago, Denver and New York with plans to expand its concept nationwide. For more information, visit

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