The Mobilize.org team is incredibly excited to announce the participation of Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, as the Keynote Speaker at our upcoming Target 2020 summit in Miami, Florida.
We’re honored by her participation, and know that she is joining us due to the important and amazing work being done by the hundreds of Millennials engaged in our Target 2020 work in North Carolina and California. Across the country our network is making a difference in their communities, on their communities and little by little, working to improve access to quality education for all. It is because of their determination and courage that Target 2020 Florida welcomes one of the leading champions of equitable education as a Keynote Speaker.
As Under Secretary, Kanter successfully implemented the Direct Student Loan Program. This program resulted in a 50 percent increase in college enrollment, showing her devotion to increasing graduation and employment opportunities for community college students. With roots as a community college leader in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, and as an alternative high school teacher, Kanter is well aware of the challenges facing the education system. Her leadership over the years is a testament to the passion she has for educational equity.
If you haven’t already, make sure to save the date for the Target 2020 Florida Summit, – June 1st – 3rd. As a participant, you’ll get the opportunity to create projects designed to help students overcome the barriers that keep 88% of Florida Community College students from graduating within 4 years.
We look forward to hearing your groundbreaking ideas, supporting your amazing projects, and meeting a leader who works hard every day on our behalf.
Megan Emme is the New Media Coordinator at Mobilize.org and runs their blogging program, The Millennial Report. Megan is a Junior at San Francisco State University and also works as the SF Regional Coordinator for the Revolution Hunger Campaign. She hopes to pursue a career empowering young people to advocate for themselves as well as make a difference in their communities.