The theme of 2013 NBC Education Nation Summit in New York City this week is “What it Takes”. Leading education experts and stakeholders will discuss how the nation can ensure its students are prepared for college, careers and beyond.

The Summit is convening more than 300 of the country’s leaders in education, government, business, philanthropy, and media. Conversations between these leaders, parents, students and teachers dive into the critical questions that impact students’ chances for success.

Topics of discussion include:

  • How can US public schools keep up with growing trends in technology?
  • How can we strengthen the teacher pipeline in the US?
  • How can US public schools integrate social-emotional learning into classrooms?
  • What does it take to help students succeed?

City Year Los Angeles corps member Evelyne Santiago is joining the conversation today at 3:00pm EST as a member of the panel on “What it Takes: All of Us.” Evelyne will discuss how community programs and caring adults can bring the confidence, consistency and responsibility that students need to excel.

She will be joined by moderator Kate Snow, National Correspondent NBC News, and panelists Melody Barnes, Chair of Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions and former Director of the Domestic Policy Council for the Obama administration, Svante Myrick, Mayor of City of Ithaca, NY and David Shapiro, President and CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

Evelyne is a City Year Team Leader at Belmont High School in Los Angeles and serves with City Year in order to help students receive the support they need to reach their full potential.  Read Evelyne’s full story in a piece published on the Huffington Post, “How National Service Changed Our Lives”.

“I serve because I am the product of what happens when others invest in your potential. In first grade I was still learning English, and every week my dad and I would practice vocabulary, but because he emigrated from Mexico with only a 7th grade education his broken English could only help me so much.

Thankfully, my older cousin Sammy was willing to help me with my schoolwork, and by 6th grade I was enrolled in honors English. I was never able to share my first 6th grade report card with Sammy, because he was killed as a result of gang violence. Because Sammy invested in me, I became the first person in my family to graduate from college.

Many students don’t have the support they need to reach their potential. That’s why I serve as a City Year AmeriCorps member at Belmont High School in Los Angeles’ Pico-Union neighborhood, where the graduation rate hovers around 50%…”

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