Mary Phiakhamta, a junior at Storm Lake High School, has been selected as one of three youths from Iowa to attend the National "school-to-work 2000: Thinking About Tomorrow" Conference in Washington, D.C. Oct. 10-13.
The three representatives from Iowa will join nine other youths from Missouri, Indiana and Kansas to present their issues to an audience of 1,500+ and directly to Frank Holleman, Deputy Secretary U.S. Department of Labor; Edward Montgomery, U.S. Department of Education; Ray Bramucci, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor; and Patricia McNeil, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
These youth will express their strong feelings about the need for change in the systems that connect student learning to their future. In July, the 12 representatives attended a Youth 2K conference in Kansas City sponsored by the Ewing Kauffman Foundation. The 12 were among 150 young people who developed a list of concerns and recommendations for changing the education system to assure that all young people are prepared to be successful beyond high school and college.
Read the rest of this article in the 10/12 Pilot Tribune.