This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Major funding for this edition of the Notebook was provided through a partnership with Project U-Turn, a citywide campaign to understand, focus public attention on and, most importantly, resolve Philadelphia’s dropout crisis through the use of a collective impact strategy.
Launched in October 2006 in an effort to resolve Philadelphia’s dropout crisis, Project U-Turn has galvanized public opinion across a broad range of constituencies and built a solid and committed base for action. Partners of the campaign, managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, have worked collectively over the last eight years to raise public awareness about the dropout issue, expand educational options for struggling students and youth who have left school without a diploma; support groundbreaking research and measure results, and leverage funds to support these efforts. In addition to expanding alternative education programs for Philadelphia’s youth, Project U-Turn and its partners have pursued policy changes and increased funding to advance dropout prevention and recovery.
The campaign is led by a cross-sector collaborative whose members include leaders from the Mayor’s Office of Education, the School District of Philadelphia, the Department of Human Services, and Community College of Philadelphia, as well as representatives from major philanthropies, youth advocacy organizations, researchers, literacy organizations, other youth program providers, and youth themselves.
For more information visit Project U-Turn or call 267-502-3800.