Today, Mayor Bowser was joined by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Antwan Wilson, and Kelly Miller Middle School Principal Kortni Stafford to announce Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders, a multi-pronged initiative to support young women of color in DC Public Schools. The initiative, which aims to build community, confidence, and leadership skills in young women of color, will give DCPS more resources to address disparities in student satisfaction, graduation rates, and PARCC scores.
“As we continue making the investments necessary to give every student in DCPS a world-class education and the resources and support they need to reach their full potential, Reign will ensure that our young women of color are not left behind,” said Mayor Bowser. “We know that different students have different needs and that there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Next school year is just the beginning for Reign and, in fitting with the goals of the initiative, we will continue to expand the program based on the feedback we receive from the young women in our schools.”
The three pillars of Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders includes creating spaces for young women of color to build community, confidence, and leadership skills inside and outside of school, starting with a citywide conference for young women of color on June 3, and continuing as a series of Young Women’s Workshops in School Year 2017-2018.
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