Army Initiative to Tackle (More) Tough Problems
On October 25 – 27, I met with thought leaders from a who’s who list of American education and service organizations – including the military – during the Army’s Strengthening America’s Youth (SAY) conference at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Among the organizations represented were the National Governors Association, National Association of State Boards of Education and the National Guidance Counselor’s Association. Leading SAY is Lieutenant General Benjamin Freakley who attended the SkillsUSA national conference two years ago. Freakley invited the groups to meet together to find ways to address youth issues in a coordinated fashion.
One of the initiatives where SkillsUSA will be involved is called Project PASS (Partnerships for ALL Students’ Success) a dropout prevention and intervention strategy, developed by the National Association of State Boards of Education. The Army and five states including Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas and Mississippi. Project PASS will work in both middle schools and high schools and involve parents as well as students. This is another way SkillsUSA can reach toward the Vision 2020 goal of helping one million people annually, and I commend the Army for its leadership.