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COLUMBUS, Ohio (December 11, 2018) – City Year Columbus, a nonprofit organization that partners with Columbus City Schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate, will welcome education advocate Dr. Steve Perry as the keynote speaker at the 2019 Red Jacket Ball, Saturday, April 6 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel.

Dr. Perry is both the Founder and Head of Schools for Capital Preparatory Magnet Schools. Dr. Perry’s activism in the world of education and advocacy has led him to be a leading voice for children and families everywhere. His connections throughout professional and academic networks enable Dr. Perry to help shape and lead the discussion on how to best serve the needs of students, with a focus on sustainable success in communities. He has authored six books, his latest titled Transparenting. Dr. Perry’s work has become central to understanding the needs of disadvantaged parents and children, and he has become a champion, advocate, and educator for these groups.

City Year Columbus’ Red Jacket Ball will also honor Alliance Data with the 2019 City Year Ripple Award for the company’s commitment to students at Mifflin High School. The City Year Ripple Award, inspired by Robert F. Kennedy’s 1966 address to the University of Cape Town, is awarded to organizations that have shown extraordinary commitment to social change. Alliance Data has been a City Year Program partner since 2015 and continues to be a champion for City Year through volunteer initiatives, employee engagement, and board service.

This year, City Year Columbus’ annual Red Jacket Ball will commemorate 25 years of service in Columbus! The theme for this year and this event is “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”, a beloved City Year phrase that pays homage to those who have come before us. This year, City Year Columbus celebrates every individual, supporter, board member, community partner, and AmeriCorps member that paved the way for the work it does today. Because of their combined efforts, over 4,000 students in Columbus are receiving the support they need to be successful in school.

Tickets are $125 for individuals and can be purchased here. More information about City Year Columbus and Red Jacket Ball is available at

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