Major funding for this edition of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook on keeping students on track was provided through a partnership with Project U-Turn and the Eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Project (EPOP). The Notebook is an independent, nonprofit news service working for quality and equity in public education.

Project U-Turn is a citywide campaign to focus public attention on Philadelphia’s dropout crisis and to design strategies and leverage investments to resolve it. The U-Turn campaign is led by a citywide collaborative whose members include representatives of the School District, City agencies, foundations, youth-serving organizations, parents and young people themselves. The collaborative, which is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, was established by the Philadelphia Youth Council in 2004. Key accomplishments of the collaborative to-date include groundbreaking data analyses and work with the School District and others to create programs and pathways that reconnect out-of-school and struggling youth.
For general information for youth & families: 1-877-TURN-180
(Project U-Turn Hotline)

The Eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Project (EPOP) is a faith-based, nonprofit community organization committed to building a vision of justice for all people. Through community organizing and leadership development, EPOP addresses quality-of-life issues that range from improving education to addressing issues of safety and  affordable housing.

EPOP’s education work is a significant part of its work plan as identified by its leaders. Work with Project U-Turn focuses on organizing around the issue of out-of-school youth and preventive measures that can break the cycle.
For more information, contact: Eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Project
2625 “B” St. • Philadelphia, PA 19125 •
215-634-8922 • fax: 215-634-8827 •

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