July 12 2002

Ed Fest 2002 Kicks Off Commitment to Quality Education in Southeastern San Diego

Ed Fest celebrates the community’s commitment to improving student academic performance and creates a parent-network that will help children, schools, and community. Ed Fest is a free event taking place on Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gompers Park.

The Civic Participation Team, a project of Jacobs Center for NonProfit Innovation, is working to unite local non-profit organizations working to improve academic performance. These organizations will provide parents, youth, and residents with an opportunity to engage in fun activities and to learn about educational programs that promote educational achievement.

The primary goal of Ed Fest is to bring community awareness and involvement to improve educational achievement and performance among youth.

The Civic Participation Team, a joint effort between community residents and Jacobs members, is helping engage residents who are concerned about education. In a study done by the San Diego City Schools in 2001, the dropout rate reached 13.9 percent or equivalent to 1,535 students. In grades 7-12, the single year dropout rate has increased from 2.6 to 2.7 percent.

Statistics have also showed that African-American and Hispanic students continue to have the highest dropout rates in the county.

The Civic Participation Team is a project of Jacobs Center for NonProfit Innovation, a neighborhood strengthening organization that partners with residents to develop a common vision for community change. The Jacobs Center is the action arm of the Jacobs Family Foundation and is headquartered in the Diamond neighborhoods, which include Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Lincoln Park, Encanto, South Encanto, Mt. Hope, Oak Park, Valencia Park and Webster.

For more information about Ed Fest 2002, please call 619-527-6161.

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