City Year Seattle/King County’s first Investing in Education Breakfast was held Thursday, November 3rd. The event provided an opportunity for citizens who believe in the importance of education to network with peers and hear how the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools, businesses, and community based organizations are collaborating to increase the quality of public education. Insightful perspectives of the corporate leaders explored how they could be a part of ending our nation’s dropout crisis.
The breakfast included a panel that highlighted the public and private relationships that are working to inspire the academic potential of Seattle students. The panel was comprised of Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools; Paul Hollie, Director, Safeco Insurance Foundation; Vikas Kamran, Managing Director, Revel Consulting; Holly Miller, Director, Office for Education, City of Seattle. The panel was moderated by Carol Rava Treat, Director of Strategy & Operations for The Get Schooled Foundation.
The event explored how business professionals can ensure that students get the tools they need to succeed academically so that ultimately we build a pipeline of diverse students to higher education and successful careers. It was discussed how all citizens, especially corporate citizens, can make an impact this nation’s students.
City Year hopes to embody civic action everyday. Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield shared:
“What stands out to me most about City Year is how nimble and relentless they are. They contribute so much to our schools…and put forth a hero’s effort in everything they do.”
Opportunities like the Investing in Education Breakfast let organizations, like City Year, know that they have the equation that is producing results not only for our students, but also for our partners. City Year understands that you have to help students where they are, in classrooms, and you have to identify which students need our help, through our data driven interventions and our can-do attitudes. During the event Dr. Susan Enfield remarked, “The energy and dedication found within those red-jacketed young adults is remarkable! Seattle Public Schools is lucky to have such a fantastic partner in City Year.” We hope that same energy was shared with all of our guests who took the time participate in the Investing in Education Breakfast.