Levin College Forum


Growing a Healthy Community Through Education

Monday, January 25, 2016
5:00-6:00 pm reception
6:00-7:30 pm program
Idea Center® at PlayhouseSquare
Westfield Theater
1375 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1835

“We believe that collaborative investments in literacy, health, housing and safety by the partners we have brought to the table show how breaking down silos and creative partnering can be a model for creating a thriving community, committed to developing the talent to fill the jobs of our emerging technological economy. We believe Cleveland has a great story to tell.”
Kurt Karakul, President and Executive Director, Third Federal Foundation
About the Series
The Growing a Healthy Community forum series is a partnership between the Third Federal Foundation, Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs and ideastream®. The series will examine effective community building and community development strategies.  Over the coming year, we will explore how innovative partnerships among business leaders, community groups, residents, philanthropy and government are improving core communities.  Through collaborative investments in education, health, safety and housing they are slowly changing the narrative about the Northeast Ohio from a story of decline to a story of hope and optimism.  
About this Forum
The first Forum in the series will focus on the importance of a collaborative, community-wide approach to education from both a national and local perspective.   The Forum features John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Enterprises.  His work on the high school dropout crisis helped bring national attention to the issue, with the TIME cover story "Dropout Nation" and two Oprah Winfrey shows prompted by his report, The Silent Epidemic. 
Over the last five years, he has co-convened the GradNation Summit and co-authored the report, Building a Grad Nation, which launched a "Civic Marshall Plan" to meet the national goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020.
Bridgeland is a national partner of American Graduate®, public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 100 public radio and television stations have joined forces with more than 980 partners and at-risk schools across 40 states.  ideastream® is an American Graduate Hub Station and is actively involved with Third Federal Foundation in efforts to improve graduation rates.  
Following Mr. Bridgland’s talk, a panel of community partners will discuss their investment in the Broadway P-16, a cradle-to-career approach to educational success underway in the Broadway/Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland, home to Third Federal.  Third Federal created the “P-16” in 2010 and has contributed $1.5 million annually for the past five years to participating schools and community organizations to enhance learning.  The partners also make a significant contribution toward the overall goal and will discuss their role on the P-16, the American Graduate program and other helpful initiatives positively impacting Slavic Village. The neighborhood, once called “the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis” is being transformed into a thriving community that values education and produces the talent to fuel the new technological economy we are trying to develop in Northeast Ohio.  
Keynote Speaker:  John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises
Rick Jackson, Morning Edition Host and Producer, ideastream, moderator
Dr. Akram Boutros, M.D., President and CEO,  MetroHealth 
Eric Gordon, CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Marc Stefanski, CEO, Third Federal Savings & Loan and the Third Federal 
Jerry Wareham, President and CEO of ideastream®
American Graduate
Third Federal Foundation
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