Minnesota Alliance with Youth fights Duluth achievement gap

By KBJR News 1

Minnesota Alliance with Youth fights Duluth achievement gap

November 25, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM CDT


Members of the Minnesota Alliance With Youth held a summit today at Lake Superior College bringing adults and young students together to identify roadblocks in Duluth education.

Data collected in a statewide survey conducted last year found that the top three reasons a student may not be able to enroll in school were: Drugs, alcohol, Bullying, and problems with crime, safety and violence.
Community members were able to suggest solutions to these issues.

The solutions would then be taken into consideration when suggesting new legislation in Minnesota.

The group advocates pairing adults with youths in order to better understand the challenges students face.

See this partnership that we have right here and see that you really can work together with kids. To extend that as a whole concil having both youth and adults at the same table – its really made some really cool things happen," say Andrew Nguyen & Ashly Kimball, summit facilitators.

The movement is receiving statewide support, including lieutenant governor Prettner Solon who gave a speech at the meeting.