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Special May Edition: Headliners with R.T. Rybak

What’s Next for Generation Next? R.T. Rybak Tackles the Education Achievement Gap
(Rescheduled from January 9)

Who: R.T. Rybak, Former Minneapolis Mayor; Distinguished Visiting Practitioner, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Design, University of Minnesota; and Executive Director, Generation Next
When: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7 p.m.
Where: Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus



In January 2014, former Minneapolis Mayor, R.T. Rybak, began his tenure as the executive director of Generation Next, a first-of-its-kind partnership between organizations and leaders from across the Twin Cities—all dedicated to educational excellence and narrowing the achievement gap.

During his three terms as mayor, Rybak excelled in his efforts to make Minneapolis a national leader in innovative, cradle-to-career approaches to youth development. As part of this effort, he not only highlighted the crisis of our region’s achievement gap, he also advanced effective strategies to ensure its end.

One of those strategies involved the founding of the Minneapolis Promise, an innovative, coordinated set of efforts to make students college- and career-ready. The Minneapolis Promise included STEP-UP, a work readiness training and summer jobs program recognized by The White House, and which Rybak cites as being the achievement of which he is most proud.

One only needs to consider the data to see the justification for that pride. Since 2004, STEP-UP has given 18,000 Minneapolis youth (86% young people of color, 50% from immigrant families, and 93% living in poverty), meaningful summer employment.

A member of Generation Next's Leadership Council since the group’s founding in 2012, Rybak has long been dedicated to the group’s cause: “Improving education for all children is clearly the civil rights issue of our time, and there is almost no region in the country that has to close more of a gap than Minneapolis–St. Paul. We clearly face a crisis, but it can also be our greatest opportunity.”

Join us on May 1 for a compelling conversation about the present and long-term consequences of the education achievement gap, as well as Rybak's vision for Generation Next and what he hopes to achieve in his inaugural year.

A Minneapolis native, R.T. Rybak spent nearly 30 years working in journalism, commercial real estate, and publishing, before being elected mayor in his first run for public office. He served three terms in all, and has been recognized as a national “Afterschool Champion” by the Afterschool Alliance, not only for his leadership of the Minneapolis Promise, but for founding the Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, for being a champion of the youth-led Minneapolis Youth Congress, and for his active involvement in Minneapolis’ Youth Coordinating Board. 








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