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PREP to Host Free Parent Advocacy Workshop & Clinic in Minneapolis

For Immediate Release March 30, 2015

Contacts:

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Saturday, April 11th, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP), in conjunction with Minneapolis Public Schools’s Office for Family, Student, and Community Engagement and the YMCA Twin Cities, will host a free parent training on advocacy skills.

During the workshop, parents will learn about school discipline policies and procedures, as well as how to communicate their concerns to their child’s school. Attendants will hear from keynote speaker Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, who has spoken and written extensively on educational advocacy. The Office of Black Male Student Achievement, a new Minneapolis Public Schools department dedicated to accelerating academic strategies and narrowing the achievement gap, is a cosponsor of this event.

Additionally, during the clinic, parents will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with volunteer advocates to discuss their child’s educational needs and develop an action plan to support their success.

Interested parents are asked to RSVP to the Office of Student Family & Community Engagement by phone at: (612)-668-2095, or by e-mail at damon.gunn@mpls.k12.mn.us.

WHO: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, PREP, Minneapolis Public Schools, and YMCA Twin Cities

WHAT: Free Parent Advocacy Workshop & Clinic

  • Complimentary childcare and lunch
  • Presented in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Registration: 9:30 -10 AM

Parent Workshop & Clinic: 10 AM – 3 PM

Family Pool & Gym* time/Kids Half Day Camp @ the YMCA w/Camp Instructors: 10 AM – 3 PM

*RSVP required to participate in pool/gym time
*Bring tennis shoes, swimsuits and towels

WHERE: Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center
1250 W Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411

For more information about PREP, visit www.PREPparents.org.

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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