David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative), will participate in a panel discussion during the Boys & Girls Harbor annual Men of Impact event on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in New York City.
Johns will discuss the Initiative’s efforts to help improve and accelerate African-American students’ academic success, as well as strategies, such as parental and community engagement, to help students succeed in school, careers and life. He will highlight the efforts of the U.S. Department of Education to expand access to equity and opportunity in education by investing in early learning through grant programs such as Preschool Development and Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, as well as My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by all young people, including boys and young men of color.
Boys & Girls Harbor is an educational and performing arts nonprofit with the goal of empowering underprivileged children to become full, productive participants in society through education, cultural enrichment, and social services. The organization partners with finance leaders, educators, parents, the community and others to help students reach their full potential and to close the achievement gap.