For the first time in the 21st century, the current generation of college-aged Americans will be less educated than our parents.
Fewer than 46% of students at 4-year universities complete their degree within 6 years and only 3 out of 10 students attending community colleges complete their 2-year associate degree within 3 years.
If the current student population falls short of achieving its educational goals, our country faces a significant problem with consequences impacting our nation for decades to come.
With generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Rappaport Family Foundation, and to offer Millennials the tools they need to achieve their personal educational goals and realize the impact it can have on their communities by the year 2020, Mobilize.org will convene three Democracy 2.0 Summits in North Carolina (October 22-24, 2010), California and Florida (dates TBD), titled “Target 2020: My Education. Our Future.”
What happens at the Summit?
At each summit, 150 students from America’s community colleges will work together and identify barriers they face in achieving their educational goals and develop Millennial-led solutions to address them. Utilizing keypad-voting technology, Summit participants will select the top five projects that will receive Democracy 2.0 Awards; a share of $25,000 and a year of expert support to successfully be implemented on their campuses, in their communities or online. Watch video from a Democracy 2.0. Summit featured on MTVu.