Next week Charlotte will host the first of four national summits on how businesses can partner with public schools, with the public-private Project LIFT partnership showcased.
The main sponsor is America's Promise Alliance, a coalition focused on improving graduation rates, youth engagement, early childhood programs and data analysis. The Alliance has more than 400 partners, including children's advocacy groups, major foundations and a long list of professional, educational, business and governmental associations.
The agenda for the June 11-12 event includes speakers from around the country, as well as those from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and its business partners. Business people and educators are invited to register for the free event.
The Charlotte event is co-hosted by the Foundation for the Carolinas, a key player in the philanthropic coalition that's trying to raise $55 million to improve the nine Project LIFT schools. Later sessions are planned for Boston, Denver and Los Angeles.