March 01, 2010 11:14 ET

Symposium to Examine How to Take Proven Solutions for At-Risk Minority Youth to Scale Through Policy and Funding

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis to Give Keynote Remarks

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) -  Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will deliver the keynote remarks at the Jobs for America's Graduates third annual Thought Leader Event titled, "How do we take programs proven to work for at-risk minority youth to scale through policy and funding?"

"This Administration is committed to supporting proven strategies through its education and employment initiatives, and to achieve that goal we need the very best thinking from both the public and private sectors," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The focus of the Thought Leader Event on how we take 'what works' for high-risk, minority youth to scale is vitally important, and I look forward to being a part of the discussion."

The symposium will provide a forum for policymakers and education experts to discuss proven solutions and advance efforts to close achievement gaps. Maine Governor John Baldacci, Chair of the JAG Board of Directors, will host the event.

WHAT:   "Taking Proven Education and Employment Solutions for At-Risk Minority Youth to Scale"
WHEN:   Thursday, March 4, 2010
    8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
    Sec. Solis to give keynote address between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
WHERE:   Columbus Club, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington, D.C.

Jobs for America's Graduates is hosting this event along with the ING Foundation as the Marquee Sponsor, as well as the following event co-hosts: the National Urban League; the National Council of La Raza; the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute; and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

The JAG Thought Leader Event is focused on asking the question, "How do we take programs that have been proven to work for at-risk minority youth to scale through policy and funding?" Senior Government, Corporate, and Non-Profit leaders will engage in working sessions to develop specific recommendations to inform Governors, State Legislatures, Members of Congress, and the Administration on how to take proven solutions to scale. 

"We could not be more pleased with the bi-partisan commitment of so many of the nation's public and private sector leaders to join in a fresh assessment of how to take advantage of nationally successful programs to inform future federal and state policies focused on economic and academic achievement for minority youth," says JAG President Ken Smith.

Speakers for this one-day event include the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Janet Murguia, President of the National Council of La Raza, Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), as Chairman of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Governor John Baldacci of Maine, Chairman of Jobs for America's Graduates.

The event will feature private sector leadership from Fortune 500 companies who have a long-standing priority on supporting proven solutions for academic and economic achievement for high-risk youth. In addition to the ING Foundation they include: the Business Roundtable, AT&T, Verizon, JP Morgan Chase, State Farm Insurance, Archer Daniels Midland, Bank of America, Shell Oil Company, the Society for Human Resource Management, Allstate Insurance, Corinthian Colleges, Conoco Phillips, EDMC, the National Apartment Association, the Lumina Foundation, BNSF, Western Union, the Walmart Foundation, and Toys R Us. 

Lunch and other refreshments will be provided. For general information or to register, please contact Brittany Brewer at (703) 706-9654.

Media interested in attending should contact Jason Baran at (609) 683-2428 or

About JAG
Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is a non-profit organization celebrating its 30th anniversary with a proven track record of helping at-risk young people graduate from high school and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or meaningful employment. JAG has served over 700,000 youth and is currently assisting 42,000 young people in 800 high schools, middle schools, community colleges, and other learning locations in 32 states to achieve academic, career and life success. For more information about JAG go to

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