On September 24, the YEO Network hosted a teleconference with the Coalition for Community Schools, featuring young elected P.G. Sittenfeld from the Cincinnati Community Learning Center Institute and the Cincinnati City Council, and former YEO and St. Paul City Council member Melvin Carter from the Minnesota Department of Education's Office of Early learning.
Mary Kingston from the Coalition, Sittenfeld, and Carter
spoke about the practical steps to building support and capacity for community school initiatives.
Melvin Carter III is former St. Paul City Council member, architect of St. Paul's "Promise Neighborhood" educational initiative, and director of the Minnesota Department of Education's Office of Early Learning.
has led comprehensive, grassroots engaged education reform through the creation of the Frogtown/Summit-University Community Investment Campus.
This partnership between city, county, school, and community leaders was designed to support high quality education outcomes for all children.
One year after its launch, this initiative was awarded a highly competitive federal "Promise Neighborhoods" grant to continue this work on a larger scale as the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood.
Carter holds a Bachelor's Degree in business administration from Florida A&M University, and a Master of Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.