As part of the effort to keep young people in Macon-Bibb County in school and doing well, a youth forum will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Macon-Bibb County Government Center, 700 Poplar St.
It’s part of the nationwide My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, started by President Obama in September.
The local event is hosted by the mayor’s office, Macon-Bibb Commissioners Al Tillman and Virgil Watkins, and the Strong Cities, Strong Communities team, according to Macon-Bibb spokesman Chris Floore. Everyone is welcome, but the event targets those ages 8 to 20.
The forum will focus on implementing three goals of the MBK challenge, selected as most important for local success: making sure children are ready for school, reading at grade level by third grade, and high school graduation.
Other goals include postsecondary education, employment and safety from crime. The challenge involves holding a local action summit with public and private entities, determining priorities and launching a measurable action plan.
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